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Earth Happenings Archive
November 2002
Bangladesh turns urban trash into compost and cash
( 11/26)
Wearing green overalls, black rubber boots, gloves, and a face mask, a petite woman in her early 40s carefully sorts through a pile of household trash with a small rake. Separating kitchen scraps from bottles and cans, Fulzan Begum spreads the scraps onto bamboo shelves set up under a tin roof. A mild smell, like rotten leaves, hangs in the air.

True Color Satellite Image of Pollution over China
( 11/26)
This true-color image over northeastern China was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA‚s Terra satellite, on Nov. 21, 2002. A thick, dark gray layer of smog covers the entire region east of the dark brown hills in the image. The pollution is due to industrial emissions, automobile exhaust, and other human induced emission.

UMass Team To Study Bioremediation Of Acid, Heavy Metals From Collapsed Mine
( 11/22)
Highly acidic drainage from an abandoned sulfide mine in Rowe is slowly cleaning itself over time, and an interdisciplinary research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is studying why. The group brings together experts from the fields of microbiology, geology, engineering, and science education, to determine the extent and rate of bioremediation.

Study predicts global warming's devastating effect on water in West
( 11/22)
Global warming will have a devastating effect on water availability in the western United States, a new climate forecast predicts. The report, released Thursday, involved more than two dozen scientists and engineers from around the country who undertook the study as a test of a national climate forecasting effort.

University College London Scientists Create First Earthquakes In The Laboratory
( 11/15)
Scientists at University College London have recreated earthquakes in the laboratory for the first time allowing them to better understand the origin of the largest and most violent earthquakes.

A Multi-Angular Look at Etna's Plume
( 11/13)
These images from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) capture the energetic eruption of Sicily‚s Mount Etna volcano on October 29, 2002. Viewing Etna‚s eruptive activities at MISR‚s multiple observation angles reveals the structure and relative heights of several plumes emanating from the volcano.

Polluted Beach Closures Influenced By Full Moons And Sunlight, Surfer-Engineer Discovers
( 11/14)
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, there were more than 13,000 closures and advisories at ocean and freshwater beaches in the United States in 2001 - the vast majority prompted by lab tests showing elevated levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

Alaska Interior Reveals Scars And Ruptures From 7.9 Denali Fault Quake
( 11/12)
Last Sunday's magnitude 7.9 earthquake in central Alaska created a scar across the landscape for more than 145 miles, according to surveys conducted the past two days by geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey.

Residents clean up after killer storms
( 11/12)
Emergency workers and stunned residents across the South and Great Lakes regions picked through shattered homes and buildings Monday after a string of tornadoes left at least 36 people dead and dozens injured.

Simultaneous solar flares intrigue scientists
( 11/11)
Scientists say they have made the unprecedented discovery of solar flares erupting almost simultaneously on opposite sides of the sun.

Oil Found In Marsh Sediments 30 Years After Spill
( 11/11)
Thirty years after approximately 175,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil spilled from the barge FLORIDA in Buzzards Bay near West Falmouth, MA, residues of the oil can still be found in salt marsh sediments, according to a report to be released November 15 by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

And the Winner in the Lightning Competition Is...
( 11/06)
Tropical Brazil is the country most struck by lightning in the world and it suffers the highest death toll and serious economic damage from electric thunderstorms, new research showed on Tuesday.

Fiery Ice From The Sea: A New World Energy Source?
( 11/05)
Methane hydrates - a crystalline form of methane gas and pure water that exists when pressures are sufficiently high, or temperatures sufficiently low. If you manage to keep that pressure high or that temperature low, it looks like a lump of ice. There are mega-tons of the stuff at the bottom of the ocean all over the world and in the Arctic permafrost and it is the cleanest and most abundant source of energy in the world. So why aren't we using it?

Asian Dust Storm Causes Plankton To Bloom In The North Pacific
( 10/25)
In the spring of 2001, two robotic Carbon Explorer floats recorded the rapid growth of phytoplankton in the upper layers of the North Pacific Ocean after a passing storm had deposited iron-rich dust from the Gobi Desert. The carbon measurements, reported in the October 25 issue of Science, are the first direct observation of wind-blown terrestrial dust fertilizing the growth of aquatic plant life.

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