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Featured video: The Miracle of Mangroves

Featured video: The Miracle of Mangroves | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

JANUARY 30, 2013 - MONGABAY

Mangroves are among the most important ecosystems in the world: they provide nurseries for fish, protect coastlines against dangerous tropical storms, mitigate marine erosion, store massive amounts of carbon, and harbor species found no-where else... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0130-hance-mangroves-video.html


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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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Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures

Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Water shortage in Brazil’s largest city is forcing some to hoard and recycle water as levels in the Cantareira reservoir fall to 6% of its total capacity
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DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe

DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Hunter-gatherers may have brought wheat to region thousands of years earlier than thought
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Waiting for the sea

Waiting for the sea | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
It took just 40 years for the Aral Sea to dry up. Fishing ports suddenly found themselves in a desert.
But in one small part of the sea, water is returning.
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New fungus species discovered in Scandinavia

New fungus species discovered in Scandinavia | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a fungus so tiny that it can only be seen through a magnifying glass -- but if you take the trouble to do so, an extremely beautiful organism appears.
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Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere

Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A new study shows that calcium carbonate in the ice absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.
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The Ocean's "Dead Zones" Could Be Getting A Lot Worse

The Ocean's "Dead Zones" Could Be Getting A Lot Worse | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
There are over 400 coastal dead zones around the world, regions so poor in dissolved oxygen that marine life can't survive during the summer months.
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Stressed young bees may cause colony collapse

Stressed young bees may cause colony collapse | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Bee colonies are dying off because stressed bees start foraging when they are too young to do the risky job, new research suggests.
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The 15 most amazing landscapes and rock formations

The 15 most amazing landscapes and rock formations | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Shaped and sculpted over millions of years, these stunning landscapes and rock formations hold invaluable clues to Earth's past and future
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Newly Discovered Fish Live Under Antarctica

Newly Discovered Fish Live Under Antarctica | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
In a cold and dark underwater world, where a never-ending rain of rocks keeps the seafloor barren, researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice.

The swimmers are in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems, hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, roughly 530 miles (850 kilometers) from the open ocean.
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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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Satellite Eye on Earth: January 2015 – in pictures

Satellite Eye on Earth: January 2015 – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Double cyclones, Iceland’s Holuhraun lava field and Madagascar floods are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Winner hopes his photograph of a short snouted seahorse – that beat thousands of entries from 40 countries – will raise awareness of the species’ dramatic decline
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World's most popular natural wonders - CNN.com

World's most popular natural wonders - CNN.com | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Check out the most popular national parks and preserves on the six most populous continents.
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15 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with the Adorable Ermine

15 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with the Adorable Ermine | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, is an adorable little character that always looks like he's always up to no good. The animal goes by the name ermine when it's in its pure white winter coat. In the spring and summer, its fur is a reddish brown. The photo above shows the ermine in Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park. It was shot by photographer Stefano Unterthiner. In the winter, surrounded by snow, you may not notice the presence of this little creature, unless you spotted his beady black eyes
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Winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014

Winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014 | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014 were just announced! UK landscape photographer Greg Whitton nabbed the top prize with his stunning image of light hitting the Southern Highlands in Iceland. It was taken during a six-day wild camping trip in Iceland with four other photographers. Greg shot the photo on the last night of the trip. During the whole six days, he hadn't had a moment of good light. On the last day, the group pitched their tents below a minor peak and then Greg
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A global trek to engage with the major stories of our time.

A global trek to engage with the major stories of our time. | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing the defining journey of our species on the Out of Eden Walk.
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Greenland’s hidden meltwater lakes store up trouble

Greenland’s hidden meltwater lakes store up trouble | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Climate News Network: Scientists find evidence of vast ‘storage tanks’ of water deep below the melting Greenland ice sheet that could have a major effect on sea level rise
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Outback icon spectacular from space

Outback icon spectacular from space | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
This stunning image of Uluru in the Australian outback was taken by the Korean Kompsat-2 satellite at an altitude of 685 kilometres.
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The Trouble With Mangroves (VIDEO)

The Trouble With Mangroves (VIDEO) | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
One answer to human cravings for living at the shore has always been “filling the swamps.” In many areas of the world, shoreline wetlands of mangroves thrive. These plants live in a world of high salinity, tidal inundation and storms, and oxygen depletion—conditions fatal to most other vegetable species. Because people perceive swampy ecosystems as smelly, often a bit dangerous, obstructive of views, and relatively easy to convert to “productive” land uses, we have not historically given much thought to the consequences of meddling with the lowly mangrove.
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Ecosystem clash imminent as Arctic warming continues

Ecosystem clash imminent as Arctic warming continues | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Species from the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans will soon start to mix and this could have serious consequences.
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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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