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Earth Happenings Archive
October 2002
Not enough fish in the sea, study finds
( 10/31)
The world's growing population and overfishing will mean around one billion people in developing countries will face shortages of fish, their most important source of protein, within 20 years.

Bangladesh Struggles to Restore Sight to Thousands
( 10/20)
Partially-sighted Bangladeshi rickshaw puller Harunur Rashid is delighted by surgery that has given his five blind children the gift of sight.

African Ice Core Analysis Reveals Catastrophic Droughts, Shrinking Ice Fields, Civilization Shifts
( 10/18)
A detailed analysis of six cores retrieved from the rapidly shrinking ice fields atop Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro shows that those tropical glaciers began to form about 11,700 years ago.

U.N. scientists start examining Bosnia's soil, water for depleted uranium contamination
( 10/16)
A United Nations team on Tuesday launched its first probe in Bosnia into the effects of depleted uranium on the environment, seven years after NATO bombed Bosnian Serb forces to halt their siege of Sarajevo.

NASA Astrobiologists To Study Extreme Life At Earthâs Highest Lake
( 10/15)
Scientists from NASA, the SETI Institute and other organizations are preparing to ascend nearly 4 miles to the summit of a dormant volcano in the Chilean Andes to find out how the organisms that live there can survive in the volcano's hostile environment. During October, the scientists will explore several lakes in the region, including the highest freshwater lake in the world, in the caldera of the Licancabur volcano, almost 20,000 feet high. The information they gather will help astrobiologists devise strategies and technologies to search for life on planets like Mars during future missions.

Dino-mummy shows some skin
( 10/14)
A mummified dinosaur from Montana has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago ÷ down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say.

Hubble Spots An Icy World Far Beyond Pluto
( 10/08)
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the largest object in the solar system ever seen since the discovery of Pluto 72 years ago. Approximately half the size of Pluto, the icy world 2002 LM60, dubbed "Quaoar" (pronounced kwa-whar) by its discoverers, is the farthest object in the solar system ever to be resolved by a telescope. It was initially detected by a ground-based telescope, as simply a dot of light, until astronomers aimed the powerful Hubble telescope at it.

Researchers Create New Strategy For Removing Arsenic From Soil
( 10/07)
A team of researchers, led by a University of Georgia scientist, has developed the first transgenic system for removing arsenic from the soil by using genetically modified plants. The new system could have a major impact on arsenic pollution, which is a dramatic and growing threat to the environment and to human and animal health worldwide.

Antarctic ozone hole splits in two
( 10/01)
Like a giant amoeba in the sky, the ozone hole above Antarctica has divided into two parts, which have spread away from the southernmost continent.

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