‘Life-threatening conditions’: Forecast calls for largest waves in years to hit Northwest

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Forecasts call for large waves to hit Northwest coasts on Thursday, increasing the risk to people and causing erosion and coastal flooding, the National Weather Service in Portland said…

Read Full Article, KVAL (01-18-2018)

1 in 100 waves could reach 55 feet during high-surf warning at Bay Area beaches; SF Gate (01-18-2018)
Whipped up by powerful storms in the east Pacific Ocean, big waves are rolling toward Northern California beaches, and a high-surf warning remains in effect through Friday at 4 p.m…

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta approaches the islands of Mauritius and Réunion

La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean. Photo courtesy: © Isabelle Duflo

By Kathryn Hansen, NASA / Earth Observatory;

After several days marching across the Indian Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Berguitta approached the islands of Mauritius and Réunion, to the east of Madagascar. On January 16, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured these images of the cyclone it neared the islands.

The natural-color image (top) shows the location of Berguitta at 10:10 a.m. local time (06:10 Universal Time). The cyclone’s intensity had just weakened from a category 3 storm to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles (175 kilometers) per hour. The false-color view (bottom) uses MODIS band 31, which measures infrared signals known as “brightness temperature.” This is useful for distinguishing cooler (white) cloud tops from the warmer (purple and yellow) surface below.

Berguitta further weakened to a category 1 storm, with 75-mile-per-hour winds reported at 7 p.m. local time on January 17. Still, winds of that strength were enough to lead authorities to close the port and airport in Mauritius, according to news reports.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens and Jeff Schmaltz, using MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Acquired January 16, 2018.

Original Article, NASA /Earth Observatory (01-17-2018)

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta path track: Shock model shows direct hit on Mauritius; Express UK (01-17-2018)
Tropical Cyclone Berguitta will brush the coast of Madagascar but smash through Mauritius and La Reunion, with the two islands expected to be hit with destructive winds and storm surge…

As Montecito cleanup continues, a search for where to dump thousands of tons of mud


For days, crews have filled dozens of dump trucks with tangled metal, tire tread, mud and tree branches they cleared from the mudslide wreckage in Montecito…

Read Full Article, LA Times (01-11-2018)

Montecito Cleanup Efforts Require Transport of Mud to Santa Barbara County Beaches, Noozhawk (01-12-2018)
The Santa Barbara County Flood Control District obtained emergency permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Coastal Commission to place sediment on local beaches…


Goleta Beach, California; By Claire Le Guern (07-01-2010)

Hyams Beach, Australia: Beach with the whitest sand in the world

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The whitest sand in the world: it’s a claim to fame Hyams Beach on Australia’s New South Wales South Coast has enjoyed for years, even securing it a place in the Guinness World Records.

Luckily, even the most nitpicking visitor to Hyams cannot complain – the sand is indeed whiter than white and the only problem you may encounter is in the “on season” when you might have to head to the far end of the beach to spot enough patches of the famous grains between the bods on the shore…

Read Full Article, STUFF (01-16-2018)

Sand Color Palette
Most beach sand color ranges from pale cream to golden to caramel, but in select places around the world, sand can be red, pink, orange, chocolate, gold, purple, green, or black…

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

Most beautiful black sand beaches in the World; Condé Nast Traveler (08-02-2017)

Star Sand Beach In Iriomote Island, Japan; WhenOnEarth (02-23-2015)

Scientist Finds ‘Hawaiian Beach’ Sand On Mars, Phys Org (10-28-2013)

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, A Book By Dr. Gary Greenberg
Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history…

Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles

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Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs during mass-nesting events at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, making it one of the most important nesting beaches in the world…

A new drone-enabled population survey – the first ever on sea turtles – shows that larger-than-anticipated numbers of turtles aggregate in waters off Costa Rica’s Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists estimate turtle densities may reach up to 2,086 animals per square kilometer. The study underscores the importance of the Ostional habitat; it also confirms that drones are a reliable tool for surveying sea turtle abundance…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Sea Turtle Egg Poaching Legalized in Costa Rica: The Debate, Coastal Care (07-29-2011)

Stealing Turtle Eggs Got People Shot, But The Thievery Continues; National Geographic Video (12-08-2015)

Saving Mexico’s endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too, Huffington Green (10-27-2016)

Largest Turtle Breeding Colony in the Atlantic Discovered; Science Daily (06-04-2015)
A huge ground survey covering nearly 600 km of Gabon’s coastline has uncovered the largest breeding colony of olive ridley turtles in the Atlantic…

Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female; Science Daily (01-11-2018)

Montecito Cleanup Efforts Require Transport of Mud to Santa Barbara County Beaches

Miramar beach, Montecito, CA. On the Tuesday morning of the deadly mudslide affecting the area, Miramar beach – located at the receiving end of one of the steep downhill road gravely affected by rushing debris and mud flows – is covered with mud and debris of all kinds. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The Santa Barbara County Flood Control District obtained emergency permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Coastal Commission to place sediment on local beaches.

Current permits allow up to 300,000 cubic yards of sediment to be placed into the surf zone at Goleta Beach and Carpinteria Beach, according to the county.

Hillary Hauser, executive director of the environmental group Heal the Ocean, issued a statement Friday on the group’s Facebook page seeming to support the effort.

It reads in part, “Heal the Ocean asks all ocean lovers and surfers (who should accept the fact they shouldn’t get into the water right now) to support the agencies working hard to get us out of this mess.”

Read Full Article, Noozhawk (01-12-2018)

Where is the mud and debris from Montecito going? KEYT (01-12-2018)

California mudslides, CNN (01-13-2018)

Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female

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Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world’s largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (01-11-2018)

More Sea Turtles Will Be Born Female As Climate Warms; Guardian UK (05-20-2014)

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change, IPS News

South Carolina wants offshore ‘no drill’ oil exemption just like Florida

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Gov. Henry McMaster is asking the Trump administration to exempt South Carolina from offshore drilling, saying the state’s tourism-rich coast is too precious an entity to put at risk…

Read Full Article, Post and Courier (01-10-2018)

Trump Spares NO Coast, Every State at Risk: A Call To Take Action, By NRDC; (01-05-2018)

Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling; The New York Times (01-04-2018)

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling, Yale E360 (02-28-2015)
It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes the new proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring…

Estimates of offshore drilling’s benefits exaggerated, report says, The Virginian Pilot (12-15-2015)

Trump, reversing Obama, will push to expand drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic, The Washington Post (04-28-2017)

When You Drill, You Spill; Huffington Green (05-27-2015)
The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.

Only in Greenland: A beach for skiing and sledding

A beach forged by fire and submerged by ice, Siorarsuit is as dramatic in the depths of winter as it is during the green summer months. Source: ©CNN Video


Sailing across the clear blue sea from the west coast of Greenland, a lush green island surrounded by dazzling white icebergs comes into view.

Brick red mountains tower above, while waves crash against the dark black shore of Siorarsuit beach, which translated means “The Great Sands.”

It’s a beach that’s particularly dramatic in the depths of winter, when a covering of snow makes skiing down to the water a real possibility…

Read Full Article, CNN (01-11-2018)