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2014-06-18 10:04:17

The UC Santa Barbara Current A graduate student assesses the underlying assumptions and predictive ability of functional-group models used to study seabed communities UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation. She goes there to study a coral reef ecosystem influenced by human impacts such as overfishing and nutrient pollution. Her work focuses not only on biological changes but also methods scientists use to determine...

2012-10-16 04:02:39

IslandEscapes by Goway pleased to offer travel packages to the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island — a Polynesian architectural splendor nestled in a botanical garden, over the turquoise lagoon with stunning views of Mount Otemanu, Matira Bay and the multi-hued sunset. (PRWEB) October 15, 2012 Islands Escapes by Goway and Sofitel Luxury Hotels are pleased to announce the opening a new exceptional Tahiti vacations property in Bora Bora — The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, a...

New Beetle Species From The Society Islands
2012-10-11 06:06:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If exploring remote mountaintops and naming new beetle species has always been a dream of yours, you might want to jump on that now that there are two fewer such mountains left. James Liebherr, curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection, has described 14 species of predatory carabid beetles, also called ground beetles, found on Mont Tohiea and Mont Mauru in the Society Islands. Liebherr was part of a U.S. National Science...

2012-02-09 04:10:16

Scientists address sustainability of agriculture; urban water systems; indigenous villages; marine environments From Canada to Chile, from Kazakhstan to Kansas, we are witnessing a fast-changing planet. What will it look like in the years, decades and centuries to come? How far, and in what ways, can Earth's systems be stressed before they undergo transitions to new states--with unforeseen consequences? For most of its history, Earth experienced vast alterations in response to...

Image 1 - Ocean Acidification Study Helps Scientists Evaluate Effects On Marine Life
2012-01-24 04:05:48

Might a penguin's next meal be affected by the exhaust from your tailpipe? The answer may be yes, when you add your exhaust fumes to the total amount of carbon dioxide lofted into the atmosphere by humans since the industrial revolution. One-third of that carbon dioxide is absorbed by the world's oceans, making them more acidic and affecting marine life. A UC Santa Barbara marine scientist and a team of 18 other researchers have reported results of the broadest worldwide study of ocean...

Image 1 - 'Fishy Lawnmowers' Help Save Pacific Corals
2011-11-11 05:14:27

Can fish save coral reefs from dying? UC Santa Barbara researchers have found one case where fish have helped coral reefs to recover from cyclones and predators. Coral reefs worldwide are increasingly disturbed by environmental events that are causing their decline, yet some coral reefs recover. UCSB researchers have discovered that the health of coral reefs in the South Pacific island of Moorea, in French Polynesia, may be due to protection by parrotfish and surgeonfish that eat algae,...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'