78-foot wave recorded in Southern Ocean is a new record

A storm churning across the Southern Ocean about 400 miles south of New Zealand has produced the largest ever record wave in the Southern Hemisphere. A solar-powered buoy measured a 78.1-foot wave near Campbell Island on May 9. The buoy was installed near Campbell Island, the most southerly of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, this March. Since it only […]

The largest living structure in the world

Covering over 344,400 km2 in area (approximately half the size of Texas and bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined), the Great Barrier Reef located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia, is the largest living structure on the planet. With its fascinating natural formations, the Great Barrier Reef is surely […]

Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

At some 35,700 feet beneath the ocean, there are plastic bags and bottles lying in the sand at the deepest ocean depths. A recent paper published in the journal Marine Policy details the staggering amount of plastic and other debris found at the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean trench. Most of the plastic—some 89 percent—was the type of plastic that is used […]

Deforestation of the Amazon RainForest

The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. One […]

Great Barrier Reef gets $379 million investment

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will receive $379.10 million in new funding to restore water quality and try to protect the coral from bleaching events, agricultural runoffs, climate change, and coral-eating starfish. “Like reefs all over the world, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement on Sunday, calling the […]