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November 23, 2017

Fire Meets Water

Like a domino effect, several things happen to seawater when it comes in contact with a volcano.

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November 19, 2017

What is so interesting about submarine volcanoes?

Jagged piles of molten rock, sulfurous smoke, exploding gaseous emissions, shifting landscapes, otherworldly creatures, scalding acidic fluids, swirling plumes of volcanic gasses and particles, and crushing pressure of the overlying sea: what is not to like about active submarine volcanoes?

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November 18, 2017

Our first discovery!

Immediately after we collected the new bathymetric survey over West Mata, we gridded it and made a comparison to the last survey in March 2016. To our delight, two areas with large depth changes jumped out of the comparison.

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November 17, 2017

Beavers slapping tails on far-north waters

Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space.

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November 15, 2017

Underwater Fire: A Changing Landscape

West Mata is a Restless Volcano. West Mata Seamount is one of only two submarine volcanoes in the world where an active eruption has been directly observed on the seafloor.

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November 14, 2017

Underwater Fire: Studying the Submarine Volcanoes of Tonga

Why are the researchers searching for submarine volcanoes here? What do they hope to discover? How will they be searching?

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November 10, 2017

Salmon complete 1,000-mile journey, and life

On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is splashy and loud. Bald eagles and ravens swoop in the updraft of a nearby rock bluff in what looks like play.

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November 6, 2017

Rio Research Roundup

High school biology students have been working hard studying the wildlife of the Rio Grande. This is one New Mexico student’s report.

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November 3, 2017

When Jerry Brown came to Nome

The California governor was stopping in Nome on his way to a meeting in Russia. The 79-year-old environmentalist and leader of a state that resembles a progressive nation wanted to learn why the far north matters. He had never been to the Arctic or Alaska before.

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November 2, 2017

Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skulls tells evolutionary tale

How could paleontologists peer inside the skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosaur to determine the size of this bone-crusher’s brain and the layout of other features…without damaging this rare, stunning and toothy treasure?

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