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Senkaku / Diaoyutai Islands

The Tiao Yu Tai islands (called “Senkaku” in Japanese) are a group of eight uninhabited islands on the continental shelf, separated from the Liu Chiu islands by a deep underwater trench. These eight uninhabited islands and barren rocks have a … Continue reading

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Thailand creates artificial reefs

In an unusual use of military hardware, the Thai government has dumped 25 abandoned army tanks, 273 old train carriages and 198 rubbish trucks into the southern sea, in an effort to create an artificial reef. The project, which aims … Continue reading

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Eco warrior’s Pacific journey shows how ‘dumb plastic’ is killing our seas

David de Rothschild set out on a mammoth ocean crossing aboard his recycled yacht to highlight pollution of Earth’s waters – but even he was shocked by what he found. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/11/plastiki-rothschild-plastic-bottle-catamaran

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Deep-sea mining adds to fears of marine pollution

Concerns about large-scale marine pollution, fuelled by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, are set to be heightened by a new development in exploitation of the oceans: deep-sea mining. The Chinese government has just lodged the first application to mine … Continue reading

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Coral: Lost at sea?

A a result of rising sea temperatures, we are seeing the degradation and eventual destruction of one of the most beautiful ecosystems on Earth. Corals around the world are succumbing to yet another mass “bleaching event”; reefs that were once … Continue reading

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Tuna’s End

Perhaps people will never come to feel about a tuna the way they have come to feel about whales. Whales are, after all, mammals: they have large brains; they nurse their young and breed slowly. All of that ensconces them … Continue reading

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Could online maps save coral reefs?

Harnessing the power of interactive maps is Reefs at Risk Revisited, a conservation and research project headed by the World Resources Institute. It is in the process of updating its 1998 survey on the threats to the world’s coral reefs … Continue reading

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How are Waves Formed?

Being a surfer I couldn’t resist posting this one. It’s a very good article on waves and how they are generated. Seriously, the article is very good, I didn’t just want to have this amazing surfing photo pasted onto my … Continue reading

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