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Posts by Deanna Conners

Blogs | Aug 18, 2014

2014 Gulf of Mexico dead zone has grown to 5,052 square miles

Scientists head out to the Gulf of Mexico every summer to measure the size of the dead zone—an area with oxygen levels that are too low to support most marine life.

Blogs | Aug 06, 2014

Humid cities are worse urban heat islands than dry cities

In a study of 65 cities across N. America – some humid and some dry – poor “convection efficiency” in humid cities made the urban heat island effect more intense.

Blogs | Jul 28, 2014

Iron from Sahara dust helps fertilize Atlantic Ocean

Some 71% to 87% of the iron in North Atlantic seawater may have originated in dust from the Sahara desert.

Blogs | Jul 22, 2014

Reservoir of molten rock under Yellowstone is 2.5 times bigger than thought

If the Yellowstone supervolcano were to erupt today, it would have major, perhaps catastrophic, consequences.

Blogs | Jul 10, 2014

Arctic shorebirds may help disperse plants all the way to South America

Migrating Arctic shorebirds may play an important role in the long-distance dispersal of mosses and liverworts to remote regions in North and South America.

FAQs | Jul 04, 2014

How do fireworks get their colors?

The colors in fireworks help create “ohhhhs” and “ahhhhs.” But what creates the colors?

Blogs | Videos | Jun 25, 2014

Will El Niño develop later this year?

There is a 70% chance that El Niño will develop in the equatorial Pacific Ocean later this summer.

Blogs | Jun 23, 2014

Gorgeous photos of the Pacific Remote Islands

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument may become one of the world’s largest marine protected areas.

Blogs | Jun 09, 2014

Eruption subsides at Alaska’s Pavlof volcano

Large plumes of ash were released during an eruption at Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano in early June 2014. The volcano remains on an orange alert level.

Blogs | Videos | Jun 08, 2014

How to celebrate World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is Sunday, June 8. Celebrate! Take an ocean selfie, or just wear just wear blue. Fact is, we’re all intimately tied to Earth’s oceans.