Whale Graveyard
Whale Graveyard
On a remote peninsula in Chile, over three hundred sei whales beached themselves. An expedition is setting off to recover some of the bones

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On Monday, February 6, 2017, around 1:30 a.m. CST, a sonic boom shook residents of the Midwest as a bright green fireball streaked through the night sky. The sound was that of a meteor, nearly the size of a minivan, entering our atmosphere. After its fall to Earth, radar spotted the end of its journey over Lake Michigan, approximately 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Teen explorers from Chicago, led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons program, The Shedd Aquarium, and The Field Museum, team up to take on this Underwater ROV Meteorite Hunt. Interested explorers wanted!
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A global expedition to find, study, and protect the world's largest and rarest fish before they disappear forever.
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We're on a mission to unveil the secret world of feather stars, from shallow to mesophotic depths, micro-world to voracious predators that feast on them. Enjoy the adventure!
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Returning to Morogoro, Tanzania, I'll be focusing on identifying burrows, censusing residents and monitoring their entry and exits and hopefully figure out if Southern giant Pouched rats move between underground nests.
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Dr. Federico Fanti, Dr. Vanessa Lovenburg, and Dr. Grace Young are looking at the coral reef fossils that make up the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll look at how reefs have thrived and died over the past 250 million years.
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Through a week-long field-based program, we seek to provide an incredible educational experience for volunteers who will learn how to correctly photograph whale sharks visiting Mexico and share their findings with the scientific community.
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Hotel Los Acantilados, Aca, Deseado, Santa Cruz, Argentina, Jan 1 2009
Shipwreck Archaeology in Patagonia
For centuries Patagonia has played a strategic role in seafaring. Our team conducts research and management of ancient shipwreck remains along the Southernmost waters of the Americas.

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Storytelling during Biodiversity Week: Communities share their bog tales Photo credit: Emily Toner Ireland’s 2019 Biodiversity Week celebration kicked off on Saturday and all this week communities and organizations are cheering for the ecosystems they cherish. In advance of the week, I made plans to visit two community groups, Girley Bog in Kells, Co. Meath and Scohaboy Bog in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary to make audio recordings about stories from the bog. Photo credit: Adam Toner On Saturday evening I sat with 11 people in a one-on-one setting in Kells as they told me about everything from nursery rhymes to hunting stories to sphagnum moss, all things they associate with the bog. Also at the event, cultural geographer Kate Flood shared stories of how Girley Bog intersected with wartime efforts over the years when people collected sphagnum moss for bandages and held mine building workshops on the bog. We also heard from Oliver Usher about the word bog, Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s Nuala Madigan about efforts to restore Girley Bog after extensive drainage and Timothy Sullivan showed off his moth collection. Then on Tuesday, I went south to Cloughjordan at the invitation of Gearóid O Foighil to sit in a large circle with community members and listen to their bog stories. Photo credit: Gearóid O Foighil One local, Albert Austin, brought in a handmade wooden “barrow” formerly used to haul freshly cut turf sods along with hand tools that were used to slice the peat, sod by sod, from the bog. Photo credit: Gearóid O Foighil Another community member, Sarah Carr, brought photos (c. 1985) from summer picnics on the bog during breaks from harvesting turf. Many people have mentioned these picnics as a special part of their memories. Hot tea was served, sometimes made in a kettle over a fire right on the bog--fueled by turf, of course. People also mentioned keeping milk and other drinks cold by storing them in the cool water of a bog hole while they worked. Photo credit: Emily Toner Collaborating with these community groups has been a wonderful way to hear and record stories while also catalyzing an event for their own purposes. The events brought people together to share bog memories and hopefully make new ones in the process. Photo credit: Gearóid O Foighil
I am extremely honored and beyond excited that I was selected by NASA to be part of the crew on the next NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 23. Living underwater in the Aquarius habitat is currently the best space analog where we can prepare for lunar and deep space explorations. There will be several research projects to help us better understand potential challenges that come with living in such an extreme environment and test several emerging technologies inside the habitat and during simulated spacewalks, called extravehicular activities (EVAs). Among many other research objectives, the mission will include testing tracking and augmented reality devices, space exercise equipment, lunar landing simulator and specialized equipment for lunar evacuation. We will also work with a scanning electron microscope that will be operated underwater for the first time and we will have several marine science objectives that focus on sponge and coral research, while simulating lunar geological exploration. In addition, our team will run a series of tests to pinpoint the physiological and psychological changes that occur under such conditions.I will use my ROV to monitor the seafloor, collect plankton samples and detect marine fluorescence around the habitat. The best part is that I will be able to work alongside such accomplished and inspiring women, such as Samantha Cristoforetti, Jessica Watkins and Dr. Shirley Pomponi. The next couple weeks will be pretty intense, but can't wait to contribute to science and humanity on the way to lunar and deep space exploration. https://www.usf.edu/news/2019/nasa-selects-usf-researcher-for-underwater-mission.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0CtnyCasNAEyQ3rrY6hWEWjerCoCYp1tQmYByisJPFp0BVPaFHCOoqtIA#.XOMZHas1r-g.facebook https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-prepares-for-future-moon-exploration-with-international-undersea-crew
Caso você não tenha lido o texto sobre a subida ao Pico, sugerimos que confira antes de continuar, clicando aqui.Um dos motivos mais legais em começar a trilha do Pico da Bandeira durante a madrugada é a possibilidade de ver tanto o cenário noturno, como o diurno. Apesar das lanternas de cabeça e a lua cheia terem nos ajudado, a paisagem era basicamente uma mistura de tons de cinza e os detalhes, meros borrões. Foto: Roberto Benatti Foto: Roberto Benatti Foto: Roberto Benatti Ao passo que o dia começou a raiar, a emoção e o cansaço da subida se transformaram em uma mistura de alívio e contemplação. Lá de cima já era possível ver o mar de montanhas verde-musgo espalhadas ao redor. Tiramos nossa foto, e partimos de volta para o acampamento. Foto: Roberto Benatti Foto: Carol Brenck Foto: Roberto Benatti Existem algumas opções de trajetos para descer a montanha, nós acabamos optando pela trilha entre os vales. As pedras, geralmente escorregadias durante a época de chuva, estavam secas no dia, escolha ideal para um dia ensolarado. Foto: Carol Brenck Foto: Carol Brenck Foto: Carol Brenck No caminho, as bromélias e orquídeas endêmicas se destoam em meio a afloramentos rochosos e campos rupestres, dando um charme especial à trilha marcada por lindas paisagens. Foto: Carol Brenck Pouco a pouco, o sol começou a brilhar mais forte e as roupas de frio - luvas, touca e moletom - já não eram mais necessárias. Foto: Roberto Benatti Após três horas chegamos ao Terreirão e o cansaço, camuflado pela alegria e excitação de estarmos ali, começou a se manifestar pelo corpo, começando pelos ombros, lombar, pernas, até chegar aos pés. Tiramos nossas mochilas e aproveitamos o breve intervalo para beliscar e comer um lanche leve. Foto: Carol Brenck Levantamos acampamento e iniciamos a descida de 3,5km para conhecer o Vale Encantado, uma das atrações principais do Parque Nacional do Alto do Caparaó. Foto: Carol Brenck Ao chegar no lugar, dá para entender porque o local atrai milhares de turistas todos os anos. Formado pelo Rio José Pedro, o Vale Encantado é um pequeno paraíso das águas, com diversas corredeiras, cachoeiras e belíssimas piscinas naturais cor esmeralda. Foto: Carol Brenck A temperatura da água, por outro lado, não é tão agradável, mas com certeza vale o mergulho e a bateção de queixo. E assim, renovados pelas águas gélidas e translúcidas do Vale, terminamos nossa expedição do Pico da Bandeira, o terceiro mais alto do Brasil. Foto: Carol Brenck Para os amantes de aventura, temos uma novidade. Em breve o Alto do Caparaó contará com uma nova atração, a Trilha do Muriqui. O nome foi dado em homenagem ao Muriqui, o maior macaco das Américas que hoje encontra-se ameaçado devido à alta fragmentação da Mata Atlântica e à caça. De acordo com o IBAMA, estima-se a existência de pouco mais de 850 da espécie. O ICMBio criou um manual de sinalização de trilhas com o intuito de padronizar e orientar todas as travessias brasileiras. Crédito: Rede de Trilhas A rota, que antigamente era utilizada por fazendeiros da região para transportar gado, ligará o lado capixaba ao lado mineiro do parque, passando por lindos riachos e vales verdes. O trecho inteiro será sinalizado com pegadas amarelas e fundo preto, marcação que se encontra dentro dos padrões brasileiros de trilha. Como diz a expressão, nada como um bom café e um grupo de amigos para um dia perfeito. Dessa maneira, sentados ao redor de uma mesa com bolos caseiros, pão de queijo assado na hora e uma xícara quentinha de café artesanal, nos despedimos desse pedacinho de Minas que terá sempre um lugar especial em nosso coração. Foto: Carol Brenck Nos vemos em breve ❤

Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean