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2012-06-08 11:02:29

Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems. Their research revealed that the types of waterbirds that inhabit urban estuaries are influenced not only by urban development, but also by a far more natural process“•rain. The team's findings are published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE. The scientists compared waterbird communities in...

2010 Chile Earthquake Had Surprising Ecological Effects
2012-05-04 03:45:32

Long-forgotten coastal habitats reappeared, species unseen for years returned The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers found in a study of the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise--a major...

First-Of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Surprising Ecological Effects Of Earthquake And Tsunami
2012-05-03 06:29:33

The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise —— a major symptom of climate change. In a scientific first, researchers from Universidad...

Old Maps And Dead Clams Help Solve Coastal Boulder Mystery
2012-05-01 08:09:26

Perched atop the sheer coastal cliffs of Ireland's Aran Islands, ridges of giant boulders have puzzled geologists for years. What forces could have torn these rocks from the cliff edges high above sea level and deposited them far inland? While some researchers contend that only a tsunami could push these stones, new research in The Journal of Geology finds that plain old ocean waves, with the help of some strong storms, did the job. And they're still doing it. The three tiny Aran...

Image 1 - Crust Below Mississippi Delta Still Subsiding, Just Much Slower
2012-04-04 04:21:55

New data suggests that the Mississippi Delta is still sinking, but at a much slower rate than previously estimated. A new paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters reports these new findings. Geoscientists arrived at this new conclusion after comparing detailed sea-level reconstructions from different areas of coastal Louisiana. The new findings not only reveal new information about the subsidence of the Mississippi Delta, but also admonishes the continuous...

2012-04-03 10:23:31

SARASOTA, Fla., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Do you have a favorite beach bar in Florida? If you do, then someone wants your help. The company, Florida Beach Bar, is encouraging people to select their favorite beach bar in its "2012 Best Florida Beach Bar" competition on its website. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120403/CG81762) After final votes are cast at Midnight on April 30, Florida Beach Bar will reveal the top-ranked beach bar. Located in Sarasota, Florida,...

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2012-03-12 10:14:10

As global warming heats up the Earth´s oceans, one ecosystem stands to be severely threatened: Coral reefs. However, new research has given scientists to be hopeful about the fate of these coral reefs. An international team of researchers has studied a coral population in South-East Asian waters that had survived a bleaching event. What was significant about this reef was that it had also survived another bleaching event 12 years earlier in 1998. The researchers published their...

2012-02-29 13:17:00

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Are Fort Bragg beaches the best in the world? We think so. Over a 12-mile stretch of Northern California's Mendocino Coast, our beaches offer more things to do, more rugged coastline, more hidden coves and sea caves, more interesting rocks, more birds, more clear water and more solitude than anyplace else we know of. You can picnic, run, beach comb, explore tide pools, watch whales, go birding, ride horses, or photograph big waves ... and...

Scientists Discover World’s Deepest-Living Creature
2012-02-24 05:29:28

Over a mile beneath the Earth´s surface in the pitch black depths of the world´s deepest cave, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists have discovered several new species of animals, one of which they are describing as the deepest terrestrial animal known to man. The tiny arthropod, already dubbed with the Latin name Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, is one of four newly discovered species of wingless arthropods known to entomologists as springtails. Part of a subclass of...

Explaining Dune Field Patterns
2012-02-08 05:04:26

In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes like those in Nebraska´s Sand Hills may reach a “tipping point” under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert. The study was...


Latest Coastal geography Reference Libraries

Coral Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

Salt Marsh
2013-04-19 21:04:15

A salt marsh, also otherwise known as a coastal salt marsh or a tidal marsh, is a coastal ecosystem in the upper coastal intertidal zone that lies between the land and the open salt water or brackish water that is routinely flooded by the tides. It’s dominated by dense stands of salt-tolerant plants, for example, herbs, grasses, or low shrubs. These plants originate from all around the globe and are important to the stability of the salt marsh in trapping and binding sediments. Salt marshes...

Basic Ocean Terms
2013-02-05 12:52:11

Image Credit: Meteorologist Joshua Kelly When meteorologists are forecasting for ocean-going vessels, there are a few terms that we need to understand. The first term is wavelength. Wavelength is defined as the distance between two crests or between two troughs as seen in the image above. The example above highlights the crest to crest concept of wavelength. The next term that we use is wave height, and to determine this, we first must look at the wave when it passes our station. When...

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