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“The more we nurture the planet, the better and more natural a life we'll have.” ― Chris d'Lacey, Icefire
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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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The Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Chilling Satellite Images of Earth in 2014

The Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Chilling Satellite Images of Earth in 2014 | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
When you think of the year’s best photos, you think of camera-slinging journalists and artists relying on their instincts and training to capture a moment of ineffable drama, beauty, or peace. The following images, however, were not taken by humans. They’re snapshots sent down from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 satellites,...
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GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective

GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A spin around the globe shows how our climate is changing -- and what we can do about it.
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Did a massive volcanic eruption in India kill off the dinosaurs?

Did a massive volcanic eruption in India kill off the dinosaurs? | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
There's a solid consensus among scientists about what happened to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago: A mountain-sized meteorite crashed into the planet and triggered a mass extinction. The debris from the impact has been found in hundreds of locations around the world. Geologists have also found signs of the giant crater, centered around the tip of Yucatan Peninsula.

But there has long been an alternate theory, espoused by a rump caucus of researchers who think they’ve never been given a fair hearing. They believe the extinction was caused, at least in part, by an extraordinary volcanic eruption in India.
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The social network of Risso's dolphins

Like humans, dolphins rely on their social connections. But the social habits of Risso’s dolphins set them apart, as Eric Wagner reports.

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Discover the Beluga Whales at Arctic Watch - YouTube

Discover the Beluga Whales at Arctic Watch - YouTube | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

 

The Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in Nunavut, Canada is one of the best places on earth to see the beluga whale in its natural habitat.

During a typical summer, more than two thousand of these gorgeous cetaceans will visit the Cunningham Inlet in July and August — with as many as two hundred congregating at once! From the shore, onlookers can see the belugas playing, socializing, and caring for young.

 


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Tiny gravitational changes indicate loss of glacial ice

Tiny gravitational changes indicate loss of glacial ice | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered by chance that the ice of the Folgefonna Glacier has thinned by seven metres.
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Seals filmed at night for first time

Seals filmed at night for first time | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

Pioneering filming techniques are set to be used to capture a record-breaking seal colony in north Norfolk for the new season of the BBC's Winterwatch.

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Baby coral research gives glimmer of hope reefs could adapt to global warming

Baby coral research gives glimmer of hope reefs could adapt to global warming | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Team examines tens of thousands of genes to identify those that allow coral to adapt to high carbon dioxide levels and more acidic oceans
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Winter Trees Pictures -- National Geographic

Winter Trees Pictures -- National Geographic | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
See winter trees photos submitted to National Geographic by users like you.
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Timelapse video creates a requiem for this spectacular ice cave

Timelapse video creates a requiem for this spectacular ice cave | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Images from inside the ice caves and a powerful narrative highlight the beauty, scale and impermanence of the Sandy Glacier Cave system in Oregon.
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Christian Allié's curator insight, December 8, 1:47 PM

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One of the disappearing treasures of this warming world is the wonder of ice caves, including those of the awe-inspiring Sandy Glacier ice cave system in Oregon. A small photograph of the inside the cave sparked the curiosity of photographer Ben Canales, who wanted to find out more about the location. Through his research, he ended up finding a passion project in documenting this melting piece of frozen majesty, creating a time-lapse that shows a wonder of nature. Located on Mount Hood and believed to be the largest glacier cave system in the continental United States, the Sandy Glacier ice cave system is rapidly disappearing and may be gone entirely in as little as 10 years. For over a year, Canales and John Waller of Uncage the Soul Productions made treks with a team and mounds of equipment up to the cave to film pieces of what became a cohesive whole that inspires wonder and concern about this beautiful place. The team writes, “It is one of the most challenging environments to film in. Not only does its remote location mean hauling our equipment high up on the slopes of Mt Hood, but once inside the cave, the wet, cold, dark, and dirty conditions create a myriad of complications. Additionally, the caves are very dynamic and we had to constantly be vigilant about our safety. There was a staggering amount of structural collapse and rockfall that we observed and managing risk while filming was a top priority.” Here is the team's final cut, celebrating and mourning this spectacular cave system.
Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/timelapse-video-creates-a-requiem-for-this-spectacular#ixzz3LKj6JUoy
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This Hypnotizing Macro Timelapse Of Exotic Corals Will Take Your Breath Away

This Hypnotizing Macro Timelapse Of Exotic Corals Will Take Your Breath Away | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of close-
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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 28, 10:58 AM

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Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of close-up photographs of beautiful corals to illustrate their daily movements in a way that makes them seem not of this earth.

Stoupin’s video is an incredible combination of macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography methods the likes of which we’ve never seen before. And that’s because the corals in this video are displayed at speeds that most of us have never seen before. These organisms move too slowly for us to really notice what they do.

Not only are the corals and sponges in these videos governed by many of the same needs we are, they are also hugely important to their ocean environments. If you’re interested in learning more about the organisms in Stoupin’s video and about marine ecosystems, be sure to visit his blog!

“Our brains are wired to comprehend and follow fast and dynamic events better, especially those very few that happen at speeds comparable to ours,” Stoupin explains on his blog.

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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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Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerable

Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerable | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changes
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Spectacular Photos Capture Earth’s Majestic Beauty

Spectacular Photos Capture Earth’s Majestic Beauty | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
French photographer Alban Henderyckx captures the majestic beauty of the world. His awe-inspiring landscape images show a variety of crystal clear and colorful terrains on this great Earth. They highlight intricate rock formations, multifaceted blocks of ice, and bright-blue lagoons in scenes that seems like they’re never ending.
There’s an incredible sense of tranquility in Henderyckx’s photos, and it’s as if he has frozen moments in time. Water stands still, the sun is suspended in the sky, an
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Massive Genetic Effort Confirms Bird Songs Related to Human Speech

Massive Genetic Effort Confirms Bird Songs Related to Human Speech | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The sequencing of genomes of 48 bird species explains the evolutionary roots of vocalization and could offer insight into human speech disorders
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▶ Frans Lanting: Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom

Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other....
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New sideswimmer discovered

New sideswimmer discovered | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A new species of sideswimmers (amphipod) has been found on the continental slope off northern Norway. The new species is approximately 1 cm long, and appears to prefer water temperatures below 0 °C and depths of 1,000-2,600 metres. In total, 50 specimens of the new species were found.
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The Sun's Colossal Glowing Loops, Up Close and Personal - ImaGeo

The Sun's Colossal Glowing Loops, Up Close and Personal - ImaGeo | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The gargantuan glowing loops that dance at the Sun's surface are absolutely mesmerizing. Check them out in this supercomputer visualization and two videos.
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And here is the real thing — a movie acquired in the extreme ultraviolet portion of the spectrum by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. It covers a period of about 50 hours on Oct. 28, 2014.

As the Sun rotates, an active region crackles and pops with solar flares. And check out those loops. They glow as hot plasma flows along the gracefully curving magnetic field lines.

Here’s another video showing loops emerging from an active region on the Sun between December 7th and 9th, 2014:

 

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Christian Allié's comment, December 13, 10:42 AM
"Formidables" images, merci !
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Satellite eye on Earth: November 2014 – in pictures

Satellite eye on Earth: November 2014 – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The world’s tallest sand dunes, shrinking lakes and a massive drifting iceberg are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
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Dramatic Photos of Sweeping Landscapes Inspire Wanderlust

Dramatic Photos of Sweeping Landscapes Inspire Wanderlust | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Seattle, WA-based photographer Griffin Lamb inspires serious wanderlust with his breathtaking shots of sweeping landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by the gorgeous scenery of Washington, Lamb travels to places like the North Cascades to capture dramatic images that showcase the splendor of our world.
Magnificent mountains, ice-blue lakes, and towering trees are rendered in subdued tones and vivid pops of color in Lamb's stunning photos. The images, nearly devoid of human presence sav
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Strange Life in an Improbable Place

Strange Life in an Improbable Place | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Once similar to the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Antarctica now demands that life adapt to extreme cold—which explains, for instance, the existence of fish there that make their own antifreeze and lack red blood
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Specieswatch: Chinese water deer

Specieswatch: Chinese water deer | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The Chinese Water Deer Hydropotes inermis has tusks rather than antlers, making it the most primitive of the deer species and therefore a biologically important animal.
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17 Shocking Photos That Show How Global Warming Is Everywhere

17 Shocking Photos That Show How Global Warming Is Everywhere | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Climate change is here and it's changing the world around us.
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