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Oceans: Blue heart of the planet

Oceans: Blue heart of the planet | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Oceans not only contain a huge diversity of life, but also make a important hidden contribution to sustaining all life on Earth.
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Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot

It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
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Ancient underwater forest found off UK

Ancient underwater forest found off UK | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England.

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▶ Spacemind - Gaia Spirit - YouTube

Original mix by: Spacemind (HD available) Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGJ4AkLwvhjT7CXrV35yVFtqa9hNaI1Ge Tracklist: 01). Entheogenic -- L...
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Enchanting Macro Photos of Ladybugs by Tomasz Skoczen

Enchanting Macro Photos of Ladybugs by Tomasz Skoczen | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

Glistening with rain or dew, these ladybugs look absolutely enchanting in these macro photos by Ireland-based photographer Tomasz Skoczen. For years now, he's been capturing these black and red winged insects as they're walking through grass or landing on flowers. Taken mostly in the garden of his backyard, he uses his Canon 5D Mark II and his macro lens to shoot these insects in their natural state.

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Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline

Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

Salon, January 25, 2015
 -▶  WHERE DID ALL THE SARDINES GO? Pacific sardines are suffering their worst population crash in decades, and the fallout could be catastrophic  http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/where_did_all_the_sardines_go_partner/

 

Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2014
 -▶  WEST COAST SARDINE CRASH COULD RADIATE THROUGHOUT ECOSYSTEM http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-sardine-crash-20140106,0,3689464.story#axzz2pgLZvIKp

 

 -▶ THOUSANDS OF SEA LION PUPS DEAD FROM STARVATION: NOT ENOUGH FISH IN THE SEA http://sco.lt/6nNENV

 

 Pew Environment, December 11, 2013

 -▶  WHY SARDINES MATTER - CRITICAL MARINE SPECIES FOOD SOURCE IN STEEP DECLINE

The Pacific coast of North America supports one of the most vibrant and diverse marine ecosystems on Earth, largely because of the presence of thick schools of small prey fish such as Pacific sardines.

Unfortunately, this crucial forage fish appears to be in the midst of a severe population decline. Its absence will be felt by dozens of species of West Coast seabirds, whales, sharks, dolphins, and commercially important fish such as salmon and tuna that depend on sardines as a major food source... http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/other-resources/pacific-sardines-critical-food-source-in-steep-decline-85899526197?utm_campaign=2013-12-19%20Latest.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

                                                       VIDEO:

           FORAGE FISH KEY TO A HEALTHY OCEAN - GOING...GOING...

                                              http://sco.lt/5xliU5

 

 

 -▶  WRECKING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM:  OVERFISHING, COLLAPSING FISHERIES, OCEAN DEPENDENT SPECIES STARVING -- AND CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/89htxZ

 

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                                      "SEA THE TRUTH" 

                       IN 2048 OUR OCEANS WILL BE EMPTY

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/1838959581/sea-the-truth-in-2048-our-oceans-will-be-empty-video

 

 

▶  THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/599jsH

 

-▶  OUR OCEANS ARE DYING:  MASS EXTINCTION MAY BE INEVITABLE http://sco.lt/7dy5iL

 

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                                                  CNN VIDEO

-▶ OVERFISHED AND UNDER-PROTECTED: OCEANS ON THE BRINK OF CATASTROPHIC COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/7cjPXt

 

                                                           VIDEO
                                              Quest Science (9:39)
UNDERWATER WILDERNESS:  CREATING MARINE PROTECTED AREA
The waters off the coast of California are some of the richest in the world. But massive declines in fish species have led state leaders to begin creating large protected areas, or "no fishing zones," similar to wilderness areas on land.
http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/underwater-wilderness-creating-marine-protected-areas/

 

      In Just Over 400 years We have Disrupted 4 Billions Years Of

                                     Interdependent Ecosystems.

 

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                              Exceptional Documentary  (1:29:00)

                    "PLANET OCEAN" - WHO OWNS THE OCEANS?

                       How The Health of The Oceans Are The Pivot

                              For all of Earth's Healthy Eco Systems

           http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/films-tv/planet-ocean

                    


 

 

 


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, January 1, 2014 6:46 AM

'Global evolution' may not be based upon the occurance of natural selection. If it is based upon man's ignorance of keeping a necessary balance in nature, will we be in time to correct or rebalance it? From this piece, Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline, one can only wonder if this is possible and how we could be in time to save disappearing species. 

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Was this Nessie's ancestor? Giant prehistoric monster roamed Scottish waters - Telegraph

Was this Nessie's ancestor? Giant prehistoric monster roamed Scottish waters  - Telegraph | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A new species of dolphin-like sea creature named 'Dearcmhara shawcrossi' was discovered in the Isle of Skye
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What Ants Can Teach Us About Avoiding Traffic Jams

What Ants Can Teach Us About Avoiding Traffic Jams | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A physicist at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology has developed a model that could explain how ants handle traffic congestion better than humans.
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Sea turtles use magnetic fields to find their birth place, researcher believes

Sea turtles use magnetic fields to find their birth place, researcher believes | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Adult sea turtles use the Earth's magnetic field to return to nest on the same beach they were born on, a researcher believes.
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NASA Releases New High-Definition View of Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' Photo

NASA Releases New High-Definition View of Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' Photo | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
New view of the Pillars of Creation, visible light. NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team.
New view of the Pillars of Creation, visible light, detail. NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team.
New view of the Pillars of Creation, infrared light. NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritag
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New sea slug species found in northern waters

New sea slug species found in northern waters | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Scientists have recently found a species of sea slug that has apparently made its way north from the Mediterranean Sea. These mobile nudibranchs are carnivores that eat coral and jellyfish.
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Stunning Photos of a Man Awestruck by Nature by Chris Burkard

Stunning Photos of a Man Awestruck by Nature by Chris Burkard | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

Whether he's shooting Half Dome at Yosemite National Park or Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland, photographer Chris Burkard always finds a way to make us step back and appreciate the awe-struck beauty of the world. According to Slate, Burkard's recent trip to Iceland had him carrying a Lytro Illum, a camera that can capture "live" 3-D photos. "

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Places In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Places In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs.

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Planet Earth In Infrared, At 4k Resolution

Planet Earth In Infrared, At 4k Resolution | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Here's something you don't see every day: An ultra-HD time-lapse of Earth, as seen in infrared.
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Australian fish moving south as climate changes, say researchers

Australian fish moving south as climate changes, say researchers | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
University of Tasmania finds 35 species face shifts in their ranges and egg-laying patterns as the waters off south-east Australia warm faster than average Australian scientists have assessed how 35 common fish species are coping with climate...
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Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Palaeontologists have described the four oldest-known fossils of snakes that lived about 167 million years ago
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Easter Island Extinction Blamed on Environment

Easter Island Extinction Blamed on Environment | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Scientists may have finally solved the mystery of the extinction of Easter Island society, now blaming it on environmental constraints, according to the latest research.

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Snapshots from Tanzania's wildlife reserves – in pictures

Snapshots from Tanzania's wildlife reserves – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The Serengeti national park and adjacent Ngorongoro conservation area in northern Tanzania are famous for their diverse and abundant African wildlife, from the ‘big five’ to migrating giraffes, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles Continue reading...
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A Day in The Life of Colorblind Landscape Photographer Kilian Schönberger

A Day in The Life of Colorblind Landscape Photographer Kilian Schönberger | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Colorblind landscape photographer Kilian Schönberger wakes you up before dawn for a hike through dense fog in a Bavarian forest in this week's Day in the Life feature.
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A Shark giving Birth in the Ocean photographed for the first time | wordlessTech

A Shark giving Birth in the Ocean photographed for the first time | wordlessTech | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
An Oceanic Shark giving birth was photographed for the first time by Marine biologists off the coast of the Philippines. Image © A. E. Bicskos …
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Algae blooms create their own favorable conditions, study finds

Algae blooms create their own favorable conditions, study finds | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
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Adorable Photos of Sea Otters Snuggling by Roman Golubenko

Adorable Photos of Sea Otters Snuggling by Roman Golubenko | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Photographer Roman Golubenko captured these priceless shots of sea otters snuggling! Sea otters are a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. These shots, taken in Alaska, show otters keeping warm as they go for a dip in the freezing cold. In one photo, a baby otter sleeps on its mother as they float on a surface of the lake which is surrounded by ice. (See first photo, below.)
These pictures were submitted to National Geographic's Your Shot, and one p
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10 WWF Success Stories of 2014 | WWF

10 WWF Success Stories of 2014 | WWF | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
As the year winds down, WWF and our dedicated supporters have cause to celebrate many positive impacts made for wildlife and people over the past 12 months.
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Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years Later, Biggest Threat To Marine Ecosystems Is Man, Not Nature

Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years Later, Biggest Threat To Marine Ecosystems Is Man, Not Nature | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The environmental concerns facing Southeast Asia today have little to do with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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Stunning Before and After Photographs Show the Impact of Global Warming on Greenland's Glaciers - ImaGeo

Stunning Before and After Photographs Show the Impact of Global Warming on Greenland's Glaciers - ImaGeo | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Two aerial photos, one from the 1930s and the other from 2003, show the impact of global warming on Greenland's glaciers.
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