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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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▶ 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, 2014 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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Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in

Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies hold the promise of helping resource managers predict, avoid, and reverse the tipping points that lead to degraded habitats, economic losses, and social upheaval.
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These Incredible Tiny Islands Suck Pollution Out of Water

These Incredible Tiny Islands Suck Pollution Out of Water | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A Scottish company is building floating ecosystems to clean up rivers and lakes.
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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 26, 2014 10:36 AM

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...............  The islands look and work like wetlands. Man-made structures hold together their vegetation; the pollutant-sucking process works naturally. Roots suspended beneath the islands promote the growth of aquatic biofilm (the green slime you find on rocks) that “cleanse[s] the water through the breakdown, sorption, and metabolic transformation of nutrients and impurities,” explains the Biomatrix website.

 

Treatment plants have used biofilm filters for decades, reports Fast Company. But the company’s engineering additions, such as columns of synthetic fiber, maximize the growth of the beneficial bacteria that absorbs pollutants.

Ahoefa Nathalie Agbagla's curator insight, November 28, 2014 8:40 AM

Des écosystèmes flottants créés par la société écossaise Biomatrix Water

Les biofilms qui se développent grâce au système racinaire de ces ilôts dépolluent l'eau.

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Saving Planet Earth : Documentary on the Science behind Saving the Earth's Environment - YouTube

Saving Planet Earth : Documentary on the Science behind Saving the Earth's Environment. 2014 The documentary you will see here along with the other documenta...

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Why do puffer fish build sandcastles?

Why do puffer fish build sandcastles? | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Puffer fish build delicate and intricate structures on the ocean floor, but what could they possibly be used for?

Via Kathy Dowsett
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Belief in 'Oneness' Equated With Pro-Environment Behavior

Belief in 'Oneness' Equated With Pro-Environment Behavior | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
New research finds a link between concern for the environment and belief in the concept of universal interconnectedness.

Via Paulo Gervasio
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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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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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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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Massive Supercell Thunderstorms, Mammatus Clouds and More by Mike Mezeul II

Massive Supercell Thunderstorms, Mammatus Clouds and More by Mike Mezeul II | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

"Mike Mezeul II is a Texas-based photographer who's used to shooting everything from professional sporting events to music concerts. It's when he positions his camera up to the sky, however, that the real magic happens. The photographer isn't afraid to chase huge thunderstorms or surreal-looking mammatus clouds. Over the last fifteen years, he's traversed thousands of miles to get the perfect shot.
To him, the parts of the storm that are visually intriguing are the clouds.
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14 Unique Places That Transform When Night Falls

14 Unique Places That Transform When Night Falls | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

 

Forest Park, New YorkWaitomo Cave, New ZealandEastern Coast, AustraliaBlue Grotto, Capri, ItalyAtlantic Rainforest, Sao PauloForests of Tennessee in SpringAurora, CanadaToyama Bay, JapanForests in Subtropical AsiaKilauea, HawaiiDeep Ocean, WorldwideSalar De Uyuni, BoliviaCatatumbo, VenezuelaVaadhoo, Maldives

 

 

 

 

 


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Comparing the Environmental Impacts of the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters

Comparing the Environmental Impacts of the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
According to Steinhauser and colleagues the environmental consequences of Chernobyl exceed the Fukushima accident by almost any measure. While 4 reactor complexes were involved at Fukushima and only one at Chernobyl, the total releases of radionuclides appear to be an order of magnitude lower for Fukushima.
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Environmental bleaching impairs long-term coral reproduction

Environmental bleaching impairs long-term coral reproduction | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Bleaching -- a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal partner that provides the coral with color -- is also affecting the long-term fertility of the coral.

Via Gaye Rosier
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How many water-bearing comets visited Earth?

How many water-bearing comets visited Earth? | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific conceptsHow many comets had to visit Earth, over how long a period, to provide all the water in our rivers and oceans?
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