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The sands of time

Human intervention to control beach depth is often futile. Repeated studies have found that sand pumped onto beaches in order to protect coastal property may be washed out by a storm or two. These beaches commonly lose all the new sand in five years or so.

Every grain of sand is a metropolis for bacteria

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Dec
14

Between 10,000 and 100,000 microorganisms live on each single grain of sand, as revealed in a new study. Sand-dwelling bacteria play an important role in the marine ecosystem and global material cycles.

Putting algae and seaweed on the menu could save our seafood

News
Dec
14

If we have to feed 9.8 billion people by 2050, food from the ocean will have to play a major role. As a recent EU report highlighted, we should instead be looking at how we can harvest more smaller fish and shellfish, but also species that aren’t as widely eaten such as seaweed and other algae.

‘King tides’ are rising, so groups span globe to monitor it

From coast to coast, hundreds of tide watchers come out with their cameras to record the latest ‘king tides,’ brief episodes of tidal flooding that could become the norm, with expected sea-level rise.

Can Data Save Dolphins? How Scientists Are Using NASA Data to Study Link Between Solar Storms and Animal Beachings

The age-old mystery of why otherwise healthy dolphins, whales and porpoises get stranded along coasts worldwide deepens: New research suggests space weather is not the primary cause of animal beachings — but the research continues. The collaboration is now seeking others to join their search for the factors that send ocean mammals off course, in the hopes of perhaps one day predicting strandings before they happen.

The Birth of a New Island; 2 videos by NASA Goddard Space Center

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Dec
11

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai is the first island of this type to erupt and persist in the modern satellite era. It was initially projected to last a few months. Now it has a 6- to 30-year lease on life and gives scientists an unprecedented view from space of its early life and evolution.

The World’s 50 Best Beaches

Celebrate, Inform
Dec
10

Beaches in Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America (‘and everywhere in between’) have been ranked according to five criteria: sheer untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature.

Drowning in garbage

News, Pollution
Dec
9

The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of garbage a day — and that figure is growing.

Soul-crushing’ video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts say

Video footage captured in Canada’s Arctic has offered a devastating look at the impact climate change is having on polar bears in the region…

Rising waters: can a massive barrier save Venice from drowning?

A retractable barrier designed to protect Venice from sea level rise and storm surges is set to be operational next year. But the project’s engineering limitations and cost overruns are raising questions about the mega-projects that many coastal cities are hoping can save them.

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