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Wandering Albatross Alters Its Foraging Due To Climate Change
2012-01-14 03:55:04

Adapting to changing environmental conditions in the Southern Ocean Wandering albatrosses have altered their foraging due to changes in wind fields in the southern hemisphere during the last decades. Since winds have increased in intensity and moved to the south, the flight speed of albatrosses increased and they spend less time foraging. As a consequence, breeding success has improved and birds have gained 1 kilogram. These are the results of the study of an international research team...

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2009-01-31 11:05:00

An experiment to study the effects of naturally deposited iron in the Southern Ocean has filled in a key piece of the puzzle surrounding iron's role in locking atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean. The research, conducted by an international team led by Raymond Pollard of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and included Matthew Charette, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), found that natural iron fertilization enhanced the export of carbon...


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2009-02-21 20:39:41

The Black-faced Sheathbill (Chionis minor) also known as the Lesser Sheathbill or Paddy, is a species of bird that is restricted to the sub-Antarctic islands in the southern Indian Ocean. This includes the South African territory of the Prince Edward Islands, the French territories of the Crozet Islands and Kerguelen Islands, and the Australian territory of Heard Island. The birds on Heard Island comprise an endemic subspecies, Chionis minor nasicornis. These are short-necked,...

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2007-10-24 13:40:45

The Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur), is a small seabird found throughout the oceans and coastal areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Their colonies can be found on Chatham, Snares and Antipodes Islands of New Zealand, Bass Strait Islands of Australia, Falkland Islands, Marion Island, the Crozet Islands and Macquarie Island. The Fairy Prion is about 11 inches long. It has gray upper plumage, black-tipped tail, black "M" wing markings, and white below. Its diet consists mainly of plankton,...

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2006-02-20 11:10:45

The Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is a species of penguin which is closely related to the Rockhopper Penguin. This is black and white penguin with a yellowish orange plume located above its eye. It typically lays two eggs but abandons the first. The eggs hatch around 34 days after they are laid. Its weighs around 4.5kg and is roughly 45-55cm tall. It eats squid, krill and other crustaceans. The Macaroni Penguin is the most numerous of all the world's penguins, with an...

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2006-02-20 10:34:30

The Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) is a species of penguin which is closely related to the Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus). The Rockhopper is the smallest yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, reaching a length of 55cm. Its upperparts are slate-grey and a straight, bright yellow eyebrow ending in long yellowish plumes projecting sideways behind a red eye. This penguin breeds in colonies, from sea-level to cliff-tops, and sometimes inland. Its diet consists of krill,...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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