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How Eerie Sea-Ice "Brinicles" Form

When salt-rich water leaks out of sea ice, it sinks into the sea and can occasionally create an eerie finger of ice called a brinicle. New research explains how these strange fingers of ice form and how the salty water within sea ice could have been a prime environment in which life may have evolved

April 26, 2013 — Douglas Main, LiveScience and OurAmazingPlanet

How to Count Komodo Dragons

Camera traps worked about as well as physical traps at detecting the presence of Komodo dragons―and, in certain areas, did even better, an analysis reveals. The finding is significant because Komodo populations are threatened by human activities

April 1, 2013 — Douglas Main and OurAmazingPlanet

Katrina-Like Storm Surges Could Become Norm

The combined effects of sea level rise and more powerful storms could cause a 10-fold increase in the occurrence rate of extreme storm surges, but smart planning could prevent Katrina-level destruction

March 19, 2013 — Becky Oskin and OurAmazingPlanet

Once-Extinct Toads Reintroduced to Wild

Waterfall-loving Kihansi spray toads had been declared extinct in the wild. Some of the frogs conserved at New York's Bronx Zoo were later bred in Tanzania and are now living in the wild near an artificial system of sprinklers

December 13, 2012 — Douglas Main and OurAmazingPlanet

Salton Sea Volcano Mystery Solved

The Salton Buttes, five volcanoes at the Salton lake's southern tip, last erupted between 940 and 0 B.C., not 30,000 years ago, as previously thought, according to a new study

October 25, 2012 — Becky Oskin and OurAmazingPlanet

Carbon Dioxide Might Damage Glaciers

Materials scientists hope their computer model results will spark further research into the effects of carbon dioxide on fracturing in glaciers and ice sheets

October 14, 2012 — Becky Oskin and OurAmazingPlanet

Isaac's Impacts: Destruction from "Just a Cat 1" Storm

Along with wind speed, the sheer size of a storm, how quickly it is moving and the angle at which it's approaching land also influence its potential to wreak havoc. Isaac possessed some of the most menacing of these qualities

August 30, 2012 — Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

New Images of Titanic Wreck Revealed

Sweeping images of the sunken ship were made by stitching together hundreds of optical and sonar images collected by deep-diving robots during a 2010 expedition

March 30, 2012 — OurAmazingPlanet

Why Did Europe's Danube River Freeze?

A "Russian winter" climate pattern is keeping Europe frozen, with a strong Siberian anticyclone hovering over northern Russia and triggering intense cold and snow, according to NASA

February 14, 2012 — Brett Israel and OurAmazingPlanet

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