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When lightning strikes the beach, it vaporizes the sand ⁠— and makes these glass tubes

Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Indonesia

When lightning strikes the beach or desert, the electricity vaporizes the sand in less than a second, creating a geological phenomenon you might have to see to believe.

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A North Carolina father of 6 died after being struck by a wave at the beach

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Jul
21

A father of six has died after a wave struck him on a North Carolina beach and slammed him to the sand, breaking his neck.

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After 14 months without tourists, Kauai’s North Shore tests the waters again

Despite the economic value tourists bring to Hawaii, state officials also face growing pressure to balance tourism with preservation of the islands’ natural resources and culture. As part of that effort, Kauai is rolling out new regulations to limit tourist traffic on the reopened highway.

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Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off U.S. Northeast

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Jun
21

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean. It appears to be the largest such formation yet found in the world.

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Earth recycles ocean floor into diamonds

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Jun
3

Most diamonds are made of cooked seabed. The diamond on your finger is most likely made of recycled seabed cooked deep in the Earth. Traces of salt trapped in many diamonds show the stones are formed from ancient seabeds that became buried deep beneath the Earth’s crust, according to new research.

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Strange waves rippled around Earth. Now we may know why.

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May
21

An “exceptional phenomenon” near the tiny islands of Mayotte may help explain a low-frequency rumble that swept around the world last year.

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Glint of the Irrawaddy Delta

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May
19

The Irrawaddy is the largest river in Burma (Myanmar) and the country’s most important transportation artery.

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New Zealand’s Best Beaches Are Too Stunning for Words

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Apr
13

Countless amazing beaches line the coasts of New Zealand. The island nation is known for its jaw-dropping stretches of sand.

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Hamelin Bay Beach, Australia

Visitors to the Margaret River region head here to see stingrays up close, yet often fail to notice the fantastic rock formations protruding from the earth along the beach’s southern end.

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