Category Archives: Coastal Care Junior

Columbia Teen, NASA Partner In Mangrove Project: Report

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


An Atholoton sophomore was possibly one of the first high school students ever to speak at a conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union.

Goldberg has developed what might be the world’s first satellite-based early warning system to determine where mangroves are threatened. The work incorporates data from four satellites on mangrove growth and loss, rainfall, agriculture, and urban growth…

Read Full Article, “At age 16, A Maryland student is working with NASA on a serious project,” The Washington Post (12-31-2017)

A 16-year-old Columbia resident is helping inform scientific research around the world, Patch (01-01-2018)

Monitoring Mumbai’s Mangroves; NASA / Earth Observatory (11-30-2017)

The Human Element of Mangrove Management; USAID (12-16-2016)

Sri Lanka to become the first nation in the world to protect all its mangroves; Guardian UK (05-12-2015)
More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation…

Lessons on conservation from ‘the land of eternal mangroves, Devex (06-19-2017)
Sri Lanka is working on mangrove forest protection measures that have been praised as the first of their kind in the world. And while recent heavy rains may have destroyed seedlings, they have only strengthened the determination of the government and its partners to continue their work on mangrove conservation and restoration…

Making Local People Stewards of the Earth; IPS News (09-23-2013)

Where the land meets the sea: Governing mangrove forests; Forests News (02-02-2017)
As countries ponder how to encourage mangrove conservation, the role of people, rights, and governance institutions should receive equal consideration…

“Where Land Meets the Sea: A Global Review of the Governance and Tenure Dimensions of Coastal Mangrove Forests,” Center for international forestry research; (2016)

Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

Tourists return sand and rock to Iceland with apology note

Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Myrdal. Photo source: ©© Maya


A mother and her 11-year-old daughter felt so bad after they took home some sand and a pebble from a beach in Iceland, they sent them back to the country through the postal service.

They took the souvenirs when they visited Reynisfjara near the village of Vík í Mýrdal, which is said to be the most impressive black sand beach in the country…

Read Full Article; Lonely Planet (10-02-2017)

Jars of sand from the beach among the most common items flagged, Florida; Fox4 (06-19-2017)
Travelers check an average of 2 million bags a year while flying out of Southwest Florida International Airport. TSA agents have seen it all; but said the most common item to be flagged in SWFL is the jar of sand you saved from the beach…

Why Sardinia’s tourists taking sand as souvenir face fine; BBC News (08-23-2017)
Famed for its pristine beaches, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has hit back at holidaymakers who have been pinching its sand…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

What happens to marine wildlife during hurricanes?

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Hurricanes are incredibly powerful storms that wreak havoc on marine and coastal ecosystems as they work their way from deeper water toward land. The force of the storm churns up water, mixing warmer water at the surface with cooler water from farther down the water column. In all this churning, what happens to the wildlife living in the storm-tossed waters?

Read Full Article, MNN (09-08-2017)

Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines, Video; The Washington Post (09-10-2017)

See How the View of Earth From Space Has Changed Over 21 Years

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft’s vantage point in orbit around the moon. Image source: NASA Goddard Flight Space Center


In honor of Earth Day 2017, TIME partnered with scientists at the Environmental Defense Fund to create a never-before-seen animation of 21 years of nighttime imagery of the Earth…

Read Full Article; Time (04-21-2017)

Video: Lights of human activity, Image of Earth at night; NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (04-12-2017)

Earth Day 2017 – April 22: Environmental & Climate Literacy; Earth Day – 2017
Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection…

Kerguelen Islands

Kerguelen islands. Photo source: ©© Pascal Subtil

By Kathryn Hansen, NASA / Earth Observatory;

The Kerguelen Islands are an overseas territory of France. But their far-off location in the southern Indian Ocean places these islands far closer to Antarctica than to mainland Europe. In fact, the islands are so remote and the landscape so harsh that they have also been called the “Desolation Islands.”

On October 28, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the Kerguelen Islands. Grande Terre (French for “large land”) is the most sizeable in the island group. Its steep fjords and peninsulas are ringed by hundreds of smaller islands, which bring the archipelago’s total land area to 7215 square kilometers (2,786 square miles).

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE).

Penguin and seal populations are among the wildlife that thrive on Grande Terre. But because of its remoteness—and the severely cold, windy weather—you won’t find many people. Most residents of the island are scientists based in the settlement of Port-aux-Français, where they study everything from geology and biology to weather and climate.

One area of research involves the myriad bodies of ice. Researchers have shown that between 1963 and 2001, ice-covered areas of the Kerguelen Islands shrunk by 21 percent—a phenomenon that’s in-line with what’s happening in Patagonia, South Georgia, and other sub-polar latitudes. Over the same span, the Cook Ice Cap (center) shrank from 501 to 403 square kilometers.

And the losses have continued: Subsequent research published in Nature noted that glacier wastage on the islands during the 2000s was “among the most dramatic on Earth.” The main reason was less precipitation and drier air.

But that just scratches the surface of the region’s interesting features. The islands are actually some of highest points on a huge underwater plateau. Given the right nutrients and physical conditions, spectacular blooms of phytoplankton can make an appearance in the waters over the plateau.

Original Article, NASA / Earth Observatory (12-28-2016)

Images reveal the stunning pink beaches around the world

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


There are a few destinations around the world where the beaches actually have a subtle shade of pink.

The phenomenon is not caused by pollution or a trick of the light but rather, a micro-organism known as foraminifera…

Read Full Article, Daily Mail (10-16-2016)

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

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

24 Unusual Beaches You Might Never Have Heard Of Before; WhenOnEarth (09-10-2015)
A singing beach, a glowing beach, a beach with rainbow-colored sand — here are the most offbeat seaside destinations you’ll find on Earth…

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, A Book By Dr. Gary Greenberg

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal (05-01-2015)
All beaches contain a variety of minerals, unique “suites”, which are like fingerprints in the sand—fingerprints that are clues as to where the sand came from…

Beach Color, Coastal Care

How surf lessons help deprived children in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Some of Cape Town’s more famous waves have been commandeered to facilitate a new community health project that uses the therapeutic benefits of surfing to help children who live in townships and who have been traumatised by violence, poverty and drugs…

Read Full Article, The Irish Times (10-11-2016)

Waves for change
Bringing surf therapy to brand new coastlines across Africa.

The Sunnydale Kids, Movie – Winner of the Golden Gate Award at theSan Francisco International Ocean Film 2014
“We can’t pretend to fix all of the problems inner city kids face. What we can do is give them a fun day out…”

100 years ago: Gorgeous colours on the pebble beach

Pebble beach, Etretat, Normandy coast, France. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


“A child is the pure artist in collection. He needs no apology. The mere contemplating of his hoards, laying them out in array, counting and sorting, is amply enough joy for him. But we grown-ups are compelled to seek a plea of use, and, having found it, we may indulge our childishness…”

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (09-18-2016)

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…

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…

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

Why Is the Dead Sea So Salty?

The Dead Sea. Photo source: © SAF — Coastal Care


Bordered by Jordan to the east and by Israel and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea is a landlocked lake rather than a true sea, and is recognized as one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.

Most ocean water is typically about 3.5 percent dissolved salts, according to NOAA, which estimates that the water in the Dead Sea is five to nine times as briny as seawater…

Read Full Article, LiveScience (09-09-2016)

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth, BBC News (06-17-2016)
The Dead Sea is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it’s a slow-motion crisis – but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge…

Why Dangerous Sinkholes Keep Appearing Along the Dead Sea, LiveScience (04-08-2015)
For millennia, the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have drawn visitors and health pilgrims to its shores. But in recent years, gaping chasms have been opening up without warning along its banks, posing a threat to such visitors and tourism in general…