Category: Ecosystems Theme

No Refuge: Tons of Trash Covers The Remote Shores of Alaska

Originally published by Yale Environment 360 – A marine biologist traveled to southwestern Alaska in search of ocean trash that had washed up along a magnificent coast rich in fish, birds, and other wildlife. He and his colleagues found plenty of trash – as much as a ton of garbage per mile on some beaches.

World’s largest urban bat colony

Bat colony in Austin, TX. Credit: Pam Rice Phillips. Originally published by EarthSky – The Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin is the spring and summer home to some 750,000 bats with up to 1.5 million bats at the peak of the bat-watching season. It’s the largest urban bat colony in North America.

Shark ‘nursery’ found on coral reef

Originally published by BBC – Edinburgh marine biologists discover a deep-sea shark spawning ground on Scotland’s only inshore coral reef.

Could the world’s biggest marine sanctuary be declared in the Antarctic?

Originally published by the Guardian – Proposals will go before a commission next month to help protect thousands of species in Antarctic waters.

Exploring Antarctica

Photo of antarctica.

Photo of antarctica.Originally Published by The Washington Post – The frozen landscape, dry valleys and active volcanoes that make up Antarctica provide a living laboratory for scientific study and a wondrous journey for those traveling to the ends of the Earth.

New Red List to focus on ecosystems rather than species

Originally Published by New Scientist – We may be living through the sixth great extinction. Rather than trying to preserve individual species, should we be focusing more of our efforts on saving entire ecosystems? Topic: Biodiversity

Laguna Verde

Originally Published by NASA Earth Observatory – High in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, this salt lake hosts microbes that give the lakes distinct colors.

A Dynamic Landscape, a Dynamic Sensor

Originally Published by NASA Earth Observatory – The Cascade Mountains and nearby forests and lakes provide a good test of the visual range of the new LDCM satellite.

The Human Dimension of Thetford Forest

Satellite imagery of Thetford Forest. Credit: NASA

Satellite imagery of Thetford Forest. Credit: NASAOriginally Published by NASA Earth Observatory – To celebrate Earth Day, Earth Observatory released a series of five puzzlers. Except for Thetford forest, all showed landscapes relatively untouched by human society.

Island of Ibiza, Spain

Originally Published by NASA Earth Observatory – Nightlife, ecological beauty, and history make the island a popular tourist destination.