Archive for the ‘Earth Matters’ Category

  • Blue Krait (Markus Oulehla/Flickr)

    10 Most Poisonous & Dangerous Snakes In the World

    Feb 6, 14 • 22099 Views • NatureComments Off on 10 Most Poisonous & Dangerous Snakes In the World

    1. Belcher’s Sea Snake You may be somewhat familiar with these sea snakes. They are quite common, and you may have seen them in films or even in person. They are recognizable from their stripes. Usually these snakes have no interest in confrontation, but if...

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    Koala Facts

    Feb 6, 14 • 6967 Views • Earth Matters, Endangered & Threatened SpeciesComments Off on Koala Facts

    As one of the most iconic animal species endemic to Australia, the koala is well-known for its bear-like appearance with a stout body and predominately gray fur. Often found climbing in the canopy of trees, koalas are fuzzy and muscular marsupials that are...

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    Snow Leopard Facts

    Feb 6, 14 • 4310 Views • Earth Matters, Endangered & Threatened SpeciesComments Off on Snow Leopard Facts

    Native to the rocky and snowy highlands that are associated with its name, the snow leopard is a descendant of the wild cat and panther families. Easily recognizable from other related species, snow leopards are most known for their beautiful white or soft...

  • Popocatepetl, Mexico (Russ Bowling/Flickr)

    10 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes in the World

    Sep 7, 13 • 11072 Views • Amazing PlacesComments Off on 10 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes in the World

    Volcanic activity is a regular and harsh reminder that the planet we live on features an ever-changing geology. Located along the edges of tectonic plates, volcanoes are fissures that allow the boiling magma, ash, and gases from beneath the earth’s surface...

  • Blue-Ringed Octopus (Saspotato/Flickr)

    10 Most Poisonous Animals in the World

    Sep 7, 13 • 21697 Views • NatureComments Off on 10 Most Poisonous Animals in the World

    When you think of poisonous animals, what springs to mind? Spiders? Scorpions? Snakes? Jellyfish? Most of the world’s most poisonous animals are either reptiles, arachnids, or undersea inhabitants. Here is a rundown of the top 10 most poisonous animals in...

  • Camel (Louise Bleaky/Flickr)

    10 Incredibly Adaptive Sahara Desert Animals

    Sep 7, 13 • 43927 Views • NatureComments Off on 10 Incredibly Adaptive Sahara Desert Animals

    When you think of a desert, do you imagine a lifeless wasteland where nothing can survive? While many people think of deserts as lifeless locations, they are actually quite diverse and rich in life. In fact, it could be said that there is no finer example of...

  • Primate Conservation Initiative

    Aug 18, 13 • 154 Views • Endangered & Threatened SpeciesComments Off on Primate Conservation Initiative

    According to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources or the World Conservation Union), over 1/3 of primate species are listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable (IUCN, 1996). Although primates are...

  • Steller’s Sea Eagle

    Aug 18, 13 • 141 Views • Endangered & Threatened SpeciesComments Off on Steller’s Sea Eagle

    Seasonal change in habitat use in Steller’s sea eagles By: Mutsuyuki Ueta, Michael J. McGrady, Hajime Nakagawa, Fumio Sato and Vladimir B. Masterov Abstract Habitat-use by Steller’s sea eagle, Haliaeetus pelagicus, was studied using...

  • Traveling in Brown Bear Country

    Aug 18, 13 • 134 Views • NatureComments Off on Traveling in Brown Bear Country

    Bear Behavior One of the things that makes Alaska so special is that all three species of North American bears flourish here. There is a chance that you may be lucky enough to see a bear. But even if you don’t, you will never be far from one, because...

  • Potential Impacts of Climate Change

    Aug 17, 13 • 126 Views • Global Warming & Climate ChangeComments Off on Potential Impacts of Climate Change

    The thermohaline circulation is a global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature and salinity (Broecker, 1995). The thermohaline circulation is sometimes called the “ocean conveyor...