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November 2003

Clear skies provide view of lunar eclipse
( 11/09)
Sky-watchers in every continent but Australia reveled in the relative rarity of a total lunar eclipse Saturday night -- but as stargazers have noted for centuries, it was a matter of celestial perspective.

Ethiopia Drought Disaster Averted After Rains
( 11/07)
Ethiopia has avoided a major drought disaster due to good weather, and the people seeking food aid in 2004 is expected to drop sharply to five million from the current 13.2 million, a U.N. envoy said on Friday.

Sky-high Icebergs Carried Boulders From The Rockies To In South-central Washington
( 11/04)
Geologists have uncovered a scene in the Pasco Basin west of the Columbia River in Washington state that shows how boulders piggybacked icebergs from what is now Montana and came to rest at elevations as high as 1,200 feet.

October 2003

Japanese Shipwreck Adds To Evidence Of Great Cascadia Earthquake In 1700
( 10/31)
Evidence has mounted for nearly 20 years that a great earthquake ripped the seafloor off the Washington coast in 1700, long before there were any written records in the region. Now, a newly authenticated record of a fatal shipwreck in Japan has added an intriguing clue.

Plans for new reservoirs
( 10/26)
Seven new reservoirs could be built across the South East to cope with the rise in demand for water.

Scientists expect as many as 5,000 new fish species in census of oceans
( 10/24)
Scuttling and floating almost two miles below the North Atlantic are a ghostly, foot-tall (30-centimeter-tall) octopod with fins sprouting from its head, a soft coral with starry feathers, and a flowerlike creature with the body of a worm. Scientists reporting their first findings since the project began in May 2000 said that by the time they're finished in 2010, they may have found more than 2 million different species of marine life.

Sun Erupts With Intense Activity
( 10/22)
Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., observed two dynamic areas of the sun, one of which has produced a coronal mass ejection, or CME, Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. EDT that appears to be Earth-directed. The forecasters are predicting a strong geomagnetic storm, G-3 on the NOAA Space Weather Scales, that should reach Earth on Friday, October 24.

Earthscope Project: Far-Reaching Geosciences Effort To Understand The North American Continent
( 10/20)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a scientific exploration of the structure and evolution of the North American continent, and the physical processes controlling its earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Scientists will bring seismometers, state-of-the-art drilling equipment, satellites and GPS receivers to map Earth's interior.

September 2003

Scientists Warn of Travel Danger to Antarctica
( 9/8)
Although tourism to Antarctica is still small by global standards, it is growing rapidly and scientists said Monday traveling to the region could pose dangers for people and the environment.

Turtles lured to disco death in Greece
( 9/5)
Disco lights are luring baby turtles to their deaths on the fringes of a Greek marine park in the Mediterranean Sea.

Ocean May Sponge Up Some Warmth Over Next 50 Years
( 9/4)
NASA's improved global climate computer model, which simulates and projects how the Earth's climate may change, indicates that the oceans have been absorbing heat since 1951 and will continue to absorb more heat from the atmosphere over the next 50 years.

UC Riverside Geophysicist Comments On How Deep Earthquakes Get Started
( 9/2)
In a commentary in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature, Harry Green, Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the department of earth sciences at UC Riverside, explains that two large, deep earthquakes (depth > 300 km below the surface of the earth) that occurred in Aug. 2002 in the Tonga subduction zone were causally related.

May 2003

Shell pipeline ruptures, spilling crude in Nigeria's oil delta
( 5/13)
Crude oil from a ruptured pipeline oozed across farms and into a creek in southern Nigeria, unleashed by what residents and officials said Monday was tampering by unidentified saboteurs.

Meteorites Rained On Earth After Massive Asteroid Breakup; Geologists Find Meteorites 100 Times More Common In Wake Of Ancient Asteroid Collision
( 5/12)
Using fossil meteorites and ancient limestone unearthed throughout southern Sweden, marine geologists at Rice University have discovered that a colossal collision in the asteroid belt some 500 million years ago led to intense meteorite strikes over the Earth's surface.

Australia to Pay Price for Global Warming-Report
( 5/9)
Global warming may increase deaths and injuries due to flooding in Australia by as much as 240 percent by 2020, and cause a huge jump in the number of Pacific islanders whose homes could be washed away, a new report said.

Fossilized Fish Act As Ancient Thermometer
( 5/5)
Fossilized fish bones may help scientists to reconstruct the temperatures of 65 million years ago, according to a paper in this week's Nature, co-authored by colleagues representing three generations of researchers.

April 2003

Water supplies in southern Iraq could be undrinkable within weeks, raising specter of epidemics, says UNICEF
( 4/30)
Water supplies in southern Iraq could be undrinkable within weeks because of a shortage of chlorine gas needed for purification, leaving millions of people — especially children — vulnerable to disease, UNICEF said Tuesday.

Hurricane Winds Carried Ocean Salt & Plankton Far Inland
( 4/25)
Researchers found surprising evidence of sea salt and frozen plankton in high, cold, cirrus clouds, the remnants of Hurricane Nora, over the U.S. plains states. Although the 1997 hurricane was a strong eastern Pacific storm, her high ice-crystal clouds extended many miles inland, carrying ocean phenomena deep into the U.S. heartland.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Off to Early Start
( 4/21)
Subtropical Storm Ana trekked through the north Atlantic Ocean off Bermuda on Monday, getting the Atlantic hurricane season off to its earliest start in recent memory, hurricane forecasters said.

Unilever plant in India to ship mercury waste to U.S. for disposal
( 4/18)
The Indian subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever plans to export tons of mercury waste from its plant in southern India to the United States for disposal, company officials said Thursday.

Peril In Peru? NASA Takes A Look At Menacing Glacier
( 4/15)
An Earth-monitoring instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite is keeping a close eye on a potential glacial disaster-in-the-making in Peru's spectacular, snow-capped Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains), the highest range of the Peruvian Andes.

Study provides 'disturbing' details about new L.A. fault
( 4/03)
A recently mapped, still-active fault line that snakes beneath downtown Los Angeles is capable of generating major earthquakes, but only about once every 2,000 years, according to a new study.

Methane theory gets frosty response
( 4/11)
A hot theory about how the Ice Age ended has got a frosty response at a meeting of the leading European and American geoscience societies in France.

50 Arctic Lakes Show Dramatic Effects Of Climate Warming
( 4/9)
Using innovative techniques that enable them to collect historic evidence from fossilized algae in lake bottom sediment, the researchers have found signs of marked environmental changes in a variety of lakes of different depths and composition, within a 750-km region bordering the northern tree-line. The changes are a signal of things to come in the rest of North America, say the Queen's paleolimnologists.

Fossils Show Extreme Plant Diversity In South America 50 Million Years Ago
( 4/7)
The extreme biological diversity found in today's New World tropical forests began much earlier than previously thought and has researchers rethinking its origins, according to an international team of researchers studying fossil plants from Argentina.

Rare colossal squid found near Antarctica
( 4/4)
A rare and dangerous squid with eyes the size of dinner plates and scores of razor-sharp hooks to snag its prey has been caught by fishermen off Antarctica, New Zealand scientists said on Thursday.

Ancient Iraqi swamp culture drained but not dead
( 4/01)
A swath of southern Iraq, known to scientists as the Mesopotamia Marshlands figures to be one of keys to what will become of postwar Iraq. Geologists believe fabulous sources of untapped oil percolate beneath sections of this expanse, yet some environmental engineers advocate reflooding the region to restore the habitat.

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