The Changing Climate
earthstory:

Niijima now larger than its older neighbourWe reported some months ago the new volcanic island being born off Japan as an undersea volcano breached the surface right next to an already existing neighbour (see http://tinyurl.com/oe22xtl). The eruption is still ongoing, and the islands have now joined, with newborn Niijima now outbulking its older sib Nishino-shima. The white line in the inset marks Niijima’s size at the end of December. The island is now over a km across and the volcanic cone is over 60m high, revealing the early part of the process by which these peaks slowly grow to huge size over many eruptions as long as magma remains available.LozDear Readers, Most of our posts are not reaching you in your news feed due to facebook’s filtering system. If you wish to enjoy our posts more often, click on the following link for information on how to go about it:http://tinyurl.com/qgwac8k.Image credit: NASAhttp://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83447&src=fb

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earthstory:

Niijima now larger than its older neighbour

We reported some months ago the new volcanic island being born off Japan as an undersea volcano breached the surface right next to an already existing neighbour (see http://tinyurl.com/oe22xtl). The eruption is still ongoing, and the islands have now joined, with newborn Niijima now outbulking its older sib Nishino-shima. The white line in the inset marks Niijima’s size at the end of December. The island is now over a km across and the volcanic cone is over 60m high, revealing the early part of the process by which these peaks slowly grow to huge size over many eruptions as long as magma remains available.

Loz

Dear Readers, 
Most of our posts are not reaching you in your news feed due to facebook’s filtering system. If you wish to enjoy our posts more often, click on the following link for information on how to go about it:http://tinyurl.com/qgwac8k.

Image credit: NASA

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83447&src=fb

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asapscience:

The UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan must cease its whale hunting program in the Southern Ocean, which saw thousands of minke whales slaughtered, for the sake of “science.” More via Popular Science: http://bit.ly/1dOdc5b

asapscience:

The UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan must cease its whale hunting program in the Southern Ocean, which saw thousands of minke whales slaughtered, for the sake of “science.” 

More via Popular Sciencehttp://bit.ly/1dOdc5b

earthstory:

Hidden away on the remote island of Iriomote in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, you can find the small beach of Hoshizuna no Hama. The name translates to “star sand beach” accredited to the star shaped sand like formations that can be found there. The star shapes are the exoskeletons of a tiny one-celled organism, barely a millimetre across, called Baclogypsina sphaerulata. These protozoa have 5 or 6 pointed arms that help them move from place to place and accumulate some of the diatoms which they eat. The outer shell is made of calcium carbonate, and when they die, they leave their star shaped exoskeleton behind to be washed up on the beaches.-Jean

earthstory:

Hidden away on the remote island of Iriomote in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, you can find the small beach of Hoshizuna no Hama. The name translates to “star sand beach” accredited to the star shaped sand like formations that can be found there. The star shapes are the exoskeletons of a tiny one-celled organism, barely a millimetre across, called Baclogypsina sphaerulata. These protozoa have 5 or 6 pointed arms that help them move from place to place and accumulate some of the diatoms which they eat. The outer shell is made of calcium carbonate, and when they die, they leave their star shaped exoskeleton behind to be washed up on the beaches.

-Jean

daitao:

by Masushin

Beautiful

daitao:

by Masushin

Beautiful

The Green Solution to Fukushima Radiation

oracletalk:

The Green Solution to Fukushima Radiation

After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, Japanese officials have been scrambling to find way to halt the environmental damage from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. According to a team of Japanese scientists, a combination of micro-algae and aquatic plants may be the answer to cleaning up the radioactive pollution.

At this point anything helps, TEPCO (the company in…

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revkin:

Adding new @UCSusa book on Fukushima nuclear calamity and lessons for US @NRCgov to my reading heap. Here’s UCS release:

Today is the official publication date for Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (New Press, $27.95), the first comprehensive account of the March 2011 Japanese…

barrywone-blog:

The epedition’s ship, Chikyu, with Mount Fuji in the background. (IODP/JAMSTEC)

As posted on Wunderground.

An unprecedented drilling expedition has revealed that the devastating 2011 tsunami off the coast of Tohoku, Japan, was due to a particularly weak and slippery fault zone.

ruckawriter:

There is no time.

wotfigo:

Fukushima residents may never go home, say Japanese officials – ‘At some point in time, someone will have to say that this region is uninhabitable’

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Japanese officials have admitted for the first time that thousands of people evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power…

ethereo:

Tsuguharu Hosoya, Autumn leaves and Mt. Fuji

ethereo:

Tsuguharu HosoyaAutumn leaves and Mt. Fuji