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Ozone Hole Size remains at the same level

Ozone Hole Size remains at the same level

NASA's recently released data has showed that the size of the Antarctic ozone has barely reduced and remains similar to the size of North America. The data has surprised scientists as they were of the belief that the size of the hole would reduce quickly after the use of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) substances was outlawed 27 years ago. However, the data has made crystal clear that the ozone hole sprawls over the same area as it was in between 2010 and 2013.

Water on Earth might be present much before what was previously thought

Water on Earth might be present much before what was previously thought

A new research has suggested that water appears to have existed on Earth much before than what was previously thought.

This research supporting this fact was carried out by researchers from University of New Mexico's Institute of Meteoritics. The research team was led by Adam Sarafian, a graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and researcher Francis McCubbin.

The commonly believed scientific explanation to the water on earth states that initially the earth was a dry planet, which later got a supply of life-giving water through a bombardment of icy comets.

Two Separate Teams Studying Causes of Wide-Spread Coral Bleaching in Hawaii

Two Separate Teams Interested in Knowing Causes of Wide-Spread Coral Bleaching in Hawaii

Two separate teams want to document and study the reasons behind the coral bleaching being experienced in Oahu, Kauai and Maui. The Catlin Seaview Survey based in Australia is developing a baseline record of the world's coral reefs in high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic vision. Last week, its director Richard Vevers worked with scientists from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Watch Program related to this purpose.

Researchers from Scripps Institution of San Diego Mapped Ocean Floor in Greater Detail

Researchers from Scripps Institution of San Diego Mapped Ocean Floor in Greater Detail

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been successfully able to map the ocean floor in its greatest detail. For this, they made use of the newly acquired gravitational measurements from the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat-2 and NASA's Jason-1 satellites.

Two men capture splendid and phenomenal images of erupting Volcano in Iceland

Two men capture splendid and phenomenal images of erupting Volcano in Iceland

The close-up images and video displaying the volcanic eruption in Iceland on September was captured from a GoPro camera worth$1000 by two men from a 150 meter height.

Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, joined photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson for a last-minute trip to the eruption site in the Bardarbunga volcanic system. Sigurdsson had access to the proper permits and connections with the local authorities to get close to the volcano.

Grade “D” assigned to Health of Global Oceans

Grade “D” assigned to Health of Global Oceans

The Ocean Health Index prepared by the Conservation International and University of California has revealed scores for oceans globally. A thorough assessment was done to evaluate the condition of oceans' health.

To assign the scores, the researchers evaluated ecological, social, economic, and political factors for each region. All the evaluated data was then crunched through a computer model.

More Magma Moving Up the Crater of Mayon Volcano in Philippines

More Magma Moving Up the Crater of Mayon Volcano in Philippines

On Wednesday, lava gushed down Philippines' most active volcano resulting in mass evacuations.

Authorities on Monday had raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale. This alert means that a full-scale eruption is possible "within weeks". Considering this, soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate. By Wednesday's dawn, Mayon's crater glowed red and molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

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Natural History Museum in LA displays rare 12-Carat 'Blue Moon' Diamond

Natural History Museum in LA displays rare 12-Carat 'Blue Moon' Diamond

Blue Moon Diamond, one of the world's biggest blue diamonds, goes on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Saturday.

The internally flawless gemstone is of 12 carats. It weighs about 2.4 grams and sparkles from almost every angle.

Britain Facing Strange and Disturbing Threat of More Sinkholes

Britain Facing Strange and Disturbing Threat of More Sinkholes

A few weeks ago, the Volkswagen Lupo was swallowed by a sinkhole, measuring 4.5m wide and 9m deep, in High Wycombe. The car belonged to 19-year-old Zoe Smith and the sinkhole on a driveway in High Wycombe sucked the car underground on a Sunday morning at the beginning of this month. No one was present in the car when the spectacle happened.

The car is still there and will remain there as about 300 tonnes of concrete was poured over it to fill the hole. The sinkhole is believed to be the result of a recent heavy rainfall coupled with a history of chalk mining in the area.

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China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China has opened its fourth research station in Antarctica, the 1,000 square-meter (10,763 sq. feet) Taishan base. It is also known as 'the lantern' as its main building's shape is similar to a lantern.

The Taishan is intended to help researchers study geology, glaciers, and climate change. It has a gamut of facilities including a runway for a fixed wing aircraft. To give you the exact location of the Taishan station, it is 76 degrees 58 minutes east longitude and 73 degrees 51 minutes south latitude on the East Antarctic inland ice sheet at an altitude of 2,621 meters.

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