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Our Earth – Environmental Science Discoveries

February 25, 2013

Our Earth

Our Earth – Environmental Science Discoveries

A list of recent discoveries from the NSF (More)

Underwater Whodunit: What’s Killing Florida’s Elkhorn Coral?

Take one wastewater treatment plant and place it anywhere along the Caribbean coast. Then–by a means unknown to science–kill coral reefs near the plant.

“You’d have all the makings of a great mystery novel,” says ecologist James Porter of the University of Georgia.

Except that, in this case, the story would be true.

Animal Attraction: The Many Forms of Monogamy in the Animal Kingdom

Ever have a relationship that qualified as “faithless love”? If so, you’re in good company: Almost all adults in the animal kingdom have also experienced, if not a faithless love, then at least a faithless pairing.

Yellowstone Ecosystem Needs Wolves and Willows, Elk and…Beavers?

Wolves and Yellowstone. In the public mind, and in nature, the two are inextricably linked.

Now, it turns out, they aren’t alone on the ecological dance floor.

Jellyfish “Blooms” Wax and Wane in Natural Cycles

Once a month, on the darkest nights near the new moon, otherworldly beings emerge from Pacific Ocean depths and drift onto the beaches of Hawaii.

Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of these quivering masses of jelly float in with the night tide.

Near shore, time grows short to complete their mission: to reproduce, leaving behind miniature versions of themselves fastened with a glue-like substance to reefs and rocks in the shallows.

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