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Why Oregon's Lost Lake Disappears Every Year

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 23, 2015
Why Oregon's Lost Lake Disappears Every Year

Lost Lake that lies in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest is a mysterious natural wonder. During winter, it resembles any other large body of freshwater. However, as drier weather kicks in the water disappears, transforming the 85-acre 'lake' into a beautiful meadow. Turns out that there is a logical answer to this magical phenomenon - a tube or tunnel created by an ancient lava flow that drains out the water.

Giant Sinkholes Along The Shores Of Dead Sea Cause Concern

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 11, 2015
Giant Sinkholes Along The Shores Of Dead Sea Cause Concern

Though there are numerous saltwater lakes around the world, none can compare to the Dead Sea. Located between Israel and Jordan in the Middle East, the water of this landlocked lake boasts salt levels almost ten times that of oceans. The unusual salinity can be attributed to the fact that there is no outlet for the minerals to leave, causing them to accumulate. The same is not true of the water level, which remains constant due an almost even inflow from the Jordan River and loss through evaporation.

World Rushes To Help Nepal Recover From Devastating Earthquake

By Meera Dolasia on April 27, 2015
World Rushes To Help Nepal Recover From Devastating Earthquake

On Saturday April, 25th, a little before noon local time, the tiny landlocked country of Nepal was jolted by a massive earthquake. The 7.8 magnitude tremor that was felt across four countries and affected over 6.6 million people, is the most powerful one the country has experienced in over eight decades. Not surprisingly, it has resulted in a large number of deaths and extensive property damage.

Lewis Pugh Swims Antarctica's Icy Ross Sea To Save Pristine Ecosystem

By Meera Dolasia on April 22, 2015
Lewis Pugh Swims Antarctica's Icy Ross Sea To Save Pristine Ecosystem

Environmentalists use different tactics to raise public awareness. Some organize rallies, others set up petitions, and then there is Lewis Gordon Pugh. This activist and adventurer highlights the planet's woes by swimming in the vulnerable ecosystems of some of the world's coldest waters. If that sends a chill down your spine, consider this - the activist swims wearing only a Speedo swimsuit!

It's Almost Earth Day! What Are You Going To Do To Help The Planet?

By Meera Dolasia on April 20, 2015
It's Almost Earth Day! What Are You Going To Do To Help The Planet?

On April 22, 1970, twenty million people across the United States took to the streets to ask government officials to take preventive measures to protect the environment. Today, it is a global movement that is observed by billions of people and celebrated with rallies, environmental clean-up events and pledges to undertake "green" initiatives to help the planet.

Retired NYC Subway Cars Transform Into "Luxurious Condominiums" For Fish

By June Liu on April 16, 2015
Retired NYC Subway Cars Transform Into "Luxurious Condominiums" For Fish

While the sight of an 18-ton subway car being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean may appear like an ecological disaster, it is quite the opposite. Instead of harming marine life, the sturdy steel structures submerged deep into the Atlantic Ocean have transformed into perfect artificial reefs that provide comfortable homes for all kinds of sea creatures.

California Governor Imposes First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions To Deal With Drought

By Meera Dolasia on April 2, 2015
California Governor Imposes First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions To Deal With Drought

On April 1st, California's Governor Jerry Brown did what his predecessors have been doing for over 65 years - trek to Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to measure the snowpack. The only difference? Instead of ski gear he was wearing a light windbreaker and hiking shoes. That's because for the first time since the tradition began there was no snow to ski upon.

The Ingenious Stork's Bill Seed Plants Itself!

By Meera Dolasia on March 31, 2015
The Ingenious Stork's Bill Seed Plants Itself!

Plants typically use one of three methods to disperse seeds - wind, water, or animals. Not the Erodium cicutarium or as it is often called "stork's bill." This dynamic plant uses a powerful mechanism called "ballistic dispersal," to transport its seeds over 500 yards away. Though that is certainly impressive what happens after, is even more so.

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