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When did land appear over water (and why does it matter)?

When Yuri Gagarin first saw the earth from the space in 1961 it looked as a blue-yellow planet with white clouds, a fragile view that was reinforced by the American astronauts who saw the Earth from the moon. The blue aquaplanet, completely covered with water... click to read more

  • Ilya Bindeman | Professor at University of Oregon, USA and University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 440
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 12, 2019
Steady decline of coral reefs in the Anthropocene

Tropical coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse, socially, ecologically and economically valuable, and environmentally sensitive ecosystems of the planet. The engineers of this ecosystem are reef-building corals, close relatives of jellyfish that live in an intimate, mutually-benefitting relationship (symbiosis) with single-celled algae... click to read more

  • Greg Torda | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Views 863
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 28, 2019
Past ice, future ice

In order to predict the impacts of Global Warming, scientists develop climate models that attempt to represent our real, complicated climate as closely as possible. Climate is the intertwined system of the Earth's atmosphere, ocean, and ice. If we can understand how these variables interacted... click to read more

  • Melissa Reusche | Master Student at Department of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Views 514
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 23, 2019
Fish and ships

Three billion people depend on seafood as their primary protein, with hundreds of millions directly employed in fisheries worldwide. Research by the Sea Around Us, building on national data submitted to the United Nations but correcting for small-scale fisheries, discarded catches, recreational fishing, and under-... click to read more

  • David Tickler | PhD student at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
  • Jessica Meeuwig | Professor at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
Views 618
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 18, 2019
A snapshot from the early Earth

The physical and chemical evolution of planets relies on certain volatile elements, such as Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C), and Nitrogen (N). For instance, on Earth volatile elements influence magma chemistry, volcanism and the evolution of our atmosphere and climate. Perhaps most important, the presence of... click to read more

  • Patricia Clay | Research Fellow at School of Earth & Environmental Science (SEES), Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Views 434
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 9, 2019