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  • The US Brings Out The Big Guns In The Pacific Amid High Tensions With China

    08/10/2016 8:54:05 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 8-10-2016 | Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieAugust 10, 2016 As part of the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in the Pacific, the US has regularly kept bombers stationed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, but in the last few days the fleet of aging B-52 bombers has been replaced with newer B-1 and B-2 bombers. The bombers were positioned in the Pacific by US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), which commands fleets of bombers, many of which are nuclear-capable, to maintain stability and deter potential threats. Though these deployments are routine, they are likely to raise eyebrows in Beijing, where China has defiantly ignored a ruling from...
  • Trump wins Northern Mariana Islands caucus

    03/15/2016 6:12:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-15-2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump has won the Republican caucus in the Northern Mariana Islands, picking up nine pledged delegates, according to the local GOP. Trump won 73 percent of the total 471 votes cast in the remote U.S. territory on Tuesday, followed by Ted Cruz with 24 percent, John Kasich at .02 percent and Marco Rubio at .01 percent. Jason Osborne, the executive director of the Northern Mariana Islands Republican Party, shared results of the winner-take-all caucus early Tuesday morning on Twitter and Facebook. Breaking News: @realDonaldTrump has just been declared the winner of the CNMI Rep Caucus with 72.8% of the...
  • Air Force brings unlikely Christmas to remote Pacific islands

    12/25/2015 9:35:42 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/25/15 | Kirk Spitzer
    FAIS ISLAND, Micronesia - "Santa One-One" was late, and the chief of this tiny island in the western Pacific was concerned: Would there be no Christmas this year? No toys or school supplies? "They are coming today? You are sure?" Louis Mangtau asked. But soon, the afternoon stillness was broken by an Air Force C-130 cargo plane flying low over the palm trees. In its wake was a crate decorated in red-and-white Christmas wrapping, floating gently to earth on a military-green parachute. Strong, young men wrestled the bundle from the open field where it landed to the nearby village center....
  • US Flies [Nuclear Capable] B-52 Bombers Near Disputed Islands Claimed By China

    11/12/2015 3:01:36 PM PST · by Southack · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/15 | Kristina Wong
    The United States flew two B-52 bombers over the weekend near man-made islands constructed by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. official told The Hill, in a clear challenge to China's territorial claims to the area. The bombers made one pass within 12 nautical miles of the islands...
  • What China Has Been Buildingin the South China Sea

    10/17/2015 8:39:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 38 replies
    NYT interactive ^ | July 30, 2015 updated September 23, 2015 | Derek Watkins
    The speed and scale of China’s island-building spree have alarmed other countries with interests in the region. China announced in June that the creation of islands — moving sediment from the seafloor to a reef — would soon be completed. Since then, China has focused its efforts on construction. So far the country has built port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands, and recent imagery shows evidence of two more airstrips under construction. The installations bolster China’s foothold in the Spratly Islands, a disputed scattering of reefs and islands in the South China Sea more than 500...
  • US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea

    10/15/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Marquand
    A newly contentious phase appears to be under way in the South China Sea, where China has made expansive territorial claims, after the head of US naval operations said today in Tokyo that US vessels are free to travel “wherever international law allows." Echoing earlier remarks by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, stated that, "It should not come as a surprise to anybody that we will exercise freedom of navigation wherever international law allows.” He added that "I don't see how this can be interpreted as provocative." A Chinese spokesman responded by...
  • China Says Military Will "Stand Up And Use Force" If US Sends Warships To Islands

    10/15/2015 11:41:25 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-15-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/15/2015 Earlier this week, US officials indicated that they are set to go through with a plan to sail warships around China’s man-made islands in the Spratlys. “It’s just a matter of time when it happens,” one government source told WSJ. Over the course of the last six months, we’ve seen China’s land reclamation efforts go from oddity, to spectacle, to alleged “provocation”, to excuse for war as Washington feels compelled to come to the aid of its allies in the South Pacific who cried foul after it became apparent that this was no “normal” dredging effort. In...
  • China Threatens The U.S., Says Will "Not Tolerate Violations Of Its Territorial Waters"

    10/09/2015 10:56:08 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-9-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/09/2015 While the geopolitical posturing between the US and China over the South China Seas is nothing new, the latest and most dramatic installment started just one month ago, when as part of its celebration to commemorate the successful victory over Japan in World War II, China sailed five warships to the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, just as Obama was quite literally taking selfies of himself a few hundred miles away. Then yesterday, in the latest US attempt to one-up China despite the now long forgotten visit of China's president to the US which clearly...
  • US Warships Haven’t Entered Waters Near China-Claimed Islands Since 2012

    09/17/2015 10:43:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/17/15 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The United States should make clear to China that it does not recognize its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea by sailing warships within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands Beijing has constructed, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday. Not doing so, he said during a committee hearing on maritime security strategy in the Asia-Pacific, was “a dangerous mistake that grants de-facto recognition of China’s man-made sovereignty claims.” Pressed as to the last time U.S. Navy ships did enter the waters within 12 miles of the artificial islands, assistant secretary of defense...
  • U.S. Spy Plane Records China's Artificial Islands, China Threatens Response

    06/01/2015 8:50:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/31/2015 | Youtube
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  • China is putting weapons on its artificial islands in the South China Sea

    05/28/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/15 | John Garnaut, David Wroe
    Diplomatic tensions surrounding disputed territories in the South China Sea could escalate dramatically following reports China is now putting weapons on its artificial islands in the area. Australia’s defence force is considering joining the U.S. in flying and sailing “freedom of navigation” missions over the disputed territory, where China has been building islands by dragging sand from a reef and piling it up to create structures now being monitored by satellites. Fairfax Media reports the Australian fly-over expeditions may occur as a result of heightened concerns that China is enhancing its military capabilities and reach across the maritime expanse.
  • China Predicts War with US over Spratly Islands

    05/27/2015 10:08:15 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 76 replies
    yournewswire.com ^ | May 26, 2015
    A Chinese state owned newspaper warns of a conflict with the US, unless Washington stops demanding that China halts land reclamation and construction projects in the South China Sea. The Global Times says ‘War is inevitable’ unless the US backs down on Chinese land reclamation and the consequent rights to territorial boundaries of such man made islands. The islands that are man-made are in disputed waters of several regional nations. Some of these nations have close ties with the United States. The US maintains that it is also maintaining the free passage of the waters of the South China Sea for all...
  • 19 killed in Boko Haram attack in Niger

    03/07/2015 6:42:57 PM PST · by piasa · 4 replies
    PMNews Nigeria | March 3, 2015
    At least 19 civilians were killed in a weekend attack by Boko Haram Islamists on three remote islands in Niger with many victims burnt alive, a local lawmaker said. Sunday’s onslaught took place on three islands located on Lake Chad, said ElHadj Aboubacar, a deputy from the town of Bosso in southeastern Niger. “We have been informed that at least 19 people have died, most of whom were either burnt alive or drowned in the lake,” he told AFP. There has been no official confirmation of the death toll but a private radio station in Niger has reported that two...
  • 'Lost' snake species found on Mexican island

    05/20/2014 8:12:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, May 21 2014 | Mark Stevenson
    A species of snake that had been "lost" for almost 80 years has been re-discovered on a remote Mexican island. According to a study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal, the Clarion nightsnake was found again on one of the Revillagigedo Islands, more than 400 miles (650 kilometers) off Mexico's Pacific coast. The original, and until recently the only, spotting of the species was made by American naturalist William Beebe in a 1936 visit to Clarion, one of the four Revillagigedo Islands. He returned with one snake preserved in a glass jar.
  • Biden Vacations in Virgin Islands for Second Time in Three Months

    03/08/2014 8:41:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/7/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months. His White House schedule reads: DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no public events scheduled. And as Geoff Earle of the New York Post reported on December 27, the vice president spent New Year's on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Falkland Islands vote shows 99.8 percent want to stay British

    03/12/2013 7:17:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/12/2013
    STANLEY, Falkland Islands – An overwhelming 99.8 percent of Falkland Islands voters have backed keeping their government just the way it is: a British Overseas Territory. Of the 1,517 valid votes cast, only 3 islanders voted "no" to the question: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?" One vote was somehow lost, officials said Monday. The referendum was aimed at showing the world that the residents' self-determination must be considered in any discussion about the future of the remote South Atlantic islands that are claimed by both...
  • Falkland Islanders vote to stay British

    03/11/2013 9:48:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies
    cnn ^ | March 12, 2013 | Dana Ford, Catherine E. Shoichet and Laura Smith-Spark,
    Residents of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly to remain a British Overseas Territory, an official said late Monday. The question put to voters was: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?" More than 99% of voters said yes, according to Darren Christie, public relations manager for the Falklands Islands government. Just three people voted no. Turnout was 92%. "Speaks for itself, I think," Christie said about the vote. Monday marked the final day of a two-day referendum on the disputed Falkland Islands, which Argentinians call Las Malvinas....
  • Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice

    02/05/2013 7:56:12 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice Robert JohnsonFebruary 5, 2013, 6:06 AMThe Type 053H3 frigate is armed with a HQ-7 eight unit SAM launcher and Type 79A twin barrel 100 mm gun Last week a Chinese warship pointed its missile guidance system at a Japanese destroyer in an unmistakable show of aggression, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced today. The brief report out of Tokyo cites a January 30 event where a type 053 Chinese frigate locked its "sixth fire control radar" onto a Japanese helicopter equipped vessel out of Yokosuka. Japan has two helicopter carriers,...
  • Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute

    02/02/2013 7:25:20 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-2-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute Robert JohnsonFebruary 2, 2013, 5:11 AMJapan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship "Kurama" leads other vessels during a fleet review in water off Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo Japan's prime minister announced his country will vigorously defend itself against all Chinese threats following a series of confrontations over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain. Purchased by Japan, the islands' ownership is hotly contested by China, which for several months has sent ships, reconnaissance planes, and fighter jets to the area to face off against Japanese forces. It has become...
  • World's 7 most dangerous and remote islands

    01/30/2013 5:41:50 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2013 -- Updated 1755 GMT (0155 HKT) | Mike Sowden
    CNN) -- Idiotic TV shows and all the latest apps bumming you out on the 21st century? Ready for some "me time" on the world's remotest islands? Forget golden sands and swaying palms -- the reality of solitude is different as these terrifyingly distant landfalls demonstrate. ... Bear Island 400 miles off Europe's north coast Bjornoya, better known as Bear Island, is the southernmost island in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, 400 miles north of mainland Europe -- but only on paper, given that it's almost 150 miles south of the Norwegian island chain with which it's lumped. It's been...
  • Japan Threatens To Fire On Chinese Fighters — China Says 'There Will Be No Second Shot'

    01/21/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by blam · 50 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-21-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Japan Threatens To Fire On Chinese Fighters — China Says 'There Will Be No Second Shot' Robert JohnsonJanuary 21, 2013, 2:35 PMWhen Chinese and Japanese fighters met for the first time over disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month, Japan promptly declared its right to fire tracers at China's jets. Though met with outrage by China at the time, Japan continues promoting the live firing which Chinese military academics are calling the "first shot." “Every country has procedures for how to deal with a violation of its territory that continues after multiple cautionary measures,” Japanese Defense Minister...
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 4:40:00 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence The J-10 After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to...
  • China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea

    01/11/2013 8:29:03 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of...
  • Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience

    01/07/2013 5:58:20 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 1-7-2013 | AFP
    Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience Agence France PresseJanuary 7, 2013 Four Chinese government ships entered territorial waters around Japan-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said. The four marine surveillance ships were seen moving within 12 nautical miles of the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, just before midday, the coastguard said in a statement. It was the first time since December 31 -- and the 21st time since Japan nationalised the islands in September -- that any state-owned Chinese ship has been...
  • Anti-Japan Protests Held Across China

    08/20/2012 12:13:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | August 19, 2012
    Anti-Japanese demonstrations spread to more than 20 cities in China Sunday, as Tokyo dismissed China's opposition to Japanese activists landing on disputed islands in East China Sea. Chinese demonstrators waved national flags and chanted angry slogans as they protested the arrest of Chinese activists who landed last week in the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China. In some cities, protesters vandalized Japanese made vehicles and clashed with police who tried to restrain them. Earlier Sunday, a group of 10 Japanese activists, including local lawmakers, swam ashore and unfurled Japanese flags on one of the disputed...
  • Homes turned into islands in Mississippi (Add-on to a previous thread w/some new pictures)

    05/21/2011 6:23:03 PM PDT · by rawhide · 10 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5-21-11
    This is a add-on to a FR thread with some new photos. Great to see how some homeownwers were able to cope, with one major failure (last photo).
  • TV show chronicles how cops caught 'Barefoot Bandit'

    11/13/2010 10:37:02 AM PST · by Baynative · 6 replies
    KATU.com ^ | 11/12/10 | staff
    Colton Harris-Moore - the 19-year-old from Washington state known as the “Barefoot Bandit” - stole planes, boats and thousands of dollars and was on the run from authorities for more than two years. ~snip~ Colton eventually left Washington State and the FBI became involved when he was on the run in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. It turned into an international manhunt when Colton crossed Canadian borders, and even managed to fly a stolen plane all the way to the Bahamas. After stealing four planes, luxury cars, power boats, thousands of dollars, while being barefoot the entire time, his signature lifestyle...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 6, 2010: Four from the Faroes (reposted to Science)

    08/07/2010 9:32:06 PM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies
    I usually post this to the Science forum, but I brainlocked and didn't. So I'm reposting the link to the thread in the Science forum. Geology Picture of the Week, August 6, 2010: Four from the Faroes At least I didn't forget to ping the ping list.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 6, 2010: Four from the Faroes

    08/06/2010 10:10:12 PM PDT · by cogitator · 14 replies
    See my note below the pictures (first comment). Every one of these can be clicked for larger.
  • Offering to Aid Talks, U.S. Challenges China on Disputed Islands

    07/24/2010 5:51:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 3+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/23/10 | MARK LANDLER
    July 23, 2010 Offering to Aid Talks, U.S. Challenges China on Disputed Islands By MARK LANDLER HANOI, Vietnam — Opening a new source of potential friction with China, the Obama administration said Friday that it would step into a tangled dispute between China and its smaller Asian neighbors over a string of strategically significant islands in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at an Asian regional security meeting in Vietnam, stressed that the United States remained neutral on which regional countries had stronger territorial claims to the islands. But she said that the United States...
  • Geology Picture of the (long) Week, June 13-20, 2010: Portrait of the Outer Aleutians

    06/20/2010 9:31:46 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies
    MODIS Project ^ | June 16, 2010 | NASA and USGS
    Portrait of the Outer Aleutians from space: Go here for links to larger resolution images: Outer Aleutian Islands Here are the names of some of the islands you can see in this image (from west to east): Kiska, Little Sitkin, Amchitka (long and narrow) Semisopochnoi (round), Gareloi, Tanaga, Kanaga, Adak, Great Sitkin, Atka (volcano on eastern end is Korovin) Obviously they're volcanic, so here are a couple of images of Gareloi. From the Space Station: From the surface:
  • Pacific volcano erupts near Marianas islands.......

    05/31/2010 11:51:49 AM PDT · by TaraP · 10 replies · 834+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 30th, 2010
    SAIPAN, Northern Marianas – A volcanic eruption near the Pacific's Northern Mariana Islands shot clouds of ash and vapor nearly eight miles into the sky, federal scientists said. The eruption occurred early Saturday and appeared to come from an underwater volcano off Sarigan, a sparsely inhabited island about 100 miles north of the U.S. commonwealth's main island of Saipan. The Northern Marianas are about 3,800 miles southwest of Hawaii. USGS volcanologist Game McGimsey said Sunday that scientists are still trying to pinpoint the source but evidence is pointing to an underwater mountain. "People on the island (Sarigan) heard a loud...
  • 7.1 Quake hits Solomon Islands

    04/11/2010 5:32:07 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies · 709+ views
    ADELAIDE, Australia — A powerful earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday, but a monitoring agency said a tsunami was not expected. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.1-magnitude quake hit southwest of the island chain's Kira Kira island in the South Pacific. The temblor's epicenter was about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Honiara. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a destructive wave is not expected. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
  • German MPs suggest cash-strapped Greece should sell islands

    03/04/2010 9:57:07 AM PST · by RedDogzRule · 42 replies · 904+ views
    The Local ^ | 3/4/2010 | AFP
    "The Greek state must sell stakes in companies and also assets such as, for example, unpopulated islands," Frank Schäffler, a member of parliament for the pro-business Free Democrats, told the Bild daily. Marco Wanderwitz, an MP for Merkel's own conservative Christian Democrats, said Athens should provide collateral for any money it receives from the European Union to help it out of its debt crisis. "In this case, certain Greek islands also come into question," added Wanderwitz. "We give you cash, you give us Corfu," the Bild commented. Greece has around 6,000 islands off its coast, of which only 227 are...
  • Magnitude 6.6 - QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION West coast of Canada

    11/17/2009 12:23:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 1,296+ views
    USGS ^ | Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 07:30:46 AM at epicenter
    Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 250 km (155 miles) SSW (197°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 315 km (195 miles) WNW (303°) from Port Hardy, BC, Canada 331 km (206 miles) S (178°) from Metlakatla, AK 662 km (411 miles) WNW (302°) from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.5 km (3.4 miles); depth +/- 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
  • NASA Photos of the Day: Stunning Views of the Palm Islands and the World Islands in Dubai, UAE

    04/28/2009 6:35:12 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 33 replies · 4,765+ views
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | April 2009 | ChamorroBible.org
    1. Palm Jebel Ali, 1 February 2009 2. Palm Jumeirah, 1 February 2009 3. The World, 3 April 2008 4. Palm Jebel Ali (left) and Palm Jumeirah (center) and The World (right), 20 March 2009 Photos Excerpted From http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200904.htm Photographer  An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (Expedition 16 and Expedition 18)
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Dec. 21-27, 2008: The Enniberg, Faroe Islands

    12/28/2008 5:55:45 PM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 1,539+ views
    Phototravels.net ^ | Frantisek Staud
    Sorry I'm a day late. This is reputedly (see link in first comment) the highest cliff in Europe. To which I ask: none higher in the Alps? (Maybe the highest SEA cliff.)
  • Ancient Deep-sea Coral Reefs Off Southeastern US Serve As Underwater 'Islands' In The Gulf Stream

    05/19/2008 10:34:47 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-20-2008 | NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
    Ancient Deep-sea Coral Reefs Off Southeastern US Serve As Underwater 'Islands' In The Gulf StreamThe brisingid sea-star (Novodinia antillensis) perches high in the coral branches of Lophelia pertusa to filter feed. This photo was taken off the North Carolina coast in about 370 meters (roughly 1,200 feet) of water, far north of the normal range of this species. (Credit: Ross et al, NOAA, HBOI) ScienceDaily (May 20, 2008) — Largely unexplored deep-sea coral reefs, some perhaps hundreds of thousands of years old, off the coast of the southeastern U.S. are not only larger than expected but also home to commercially...
  • Tuvalu Struggles To Hold Back Tide

    01/22/2008 7:02:07 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 168+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-22-2008 | David Shukman
    Tuvalu struggles to hold back tide The King Tide hits the islands of Tuvalu By David Shukman Environment correspondent, BBC News, Tuvalu The fragile strips of green that make up the small islands of Tuvalu are incredibly beautiful but also incredibly vulnerable. The group of nine tiny islands in the South Pacific only just break the surface of the ocean - but for how much longer? During a King Tide, which is what the islanders call the highest tides of the year, waves rolling off the ocean can have a devastating effect. The islands' main road is submerged and nearby...
  • When Animals Evolve On Islands, Size Doesn't Matter

    11/08/2007 2:05:43 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 90+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-8-2007 | Imperial College London.
    When Animals Evolve On Islands, Size Doesn't Matter ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2007) — A theory explaining the evolution of giant rodents, miniature elephants, and even miniature humans on islands has been called into questions by new research.The new study refutes the 'island rule' which says that in island environments small mammals such as rodents tend to evolve to be larger, and large mammals such as elephants tend to evolve to be smaller, with the original size of the species being the key determining factor in these changes. (Credit: iStockphoto/Andy Diamond) The new study refutes the 'island rule' which says that...
  • Islands emerge as Arctic ice shrinks to record low

    08/20/2007 5:18:21 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 33 replies · 1,287+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/07 | Alister Doyle
    NY ALESUND, Norway (Reuters) - Previously unknown islands are appearing as Arctic summer sea ice shrinks to record lows, raising questions about whether global warming is outpacing U.N. projections, experts said. Polar bears and seals have also suffered this year on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard because the sea ice they rely on for hunts melted far earlier than normal. "Reductions of snow and ice are happening at an alarming rate," Norwegian Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoy said at a seminar of 40 scientists and politicians that began late on Monday in Ny Alesund, 1,200 km (750 miles) from the North...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 5-11, 2007: A Crack in the Faroe Islands

    08/10/2007 1:49:17 PM PDT · by cogitator · 21 replies · 571+ views
    A "crack" like this on a coastline is usually indicative of jointing, not a fault. But I'm not sure.
  • Extinct Ancient Societies Gaunches of the Canary Islands

    05/05/2007 4:52:37 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 2,595+ views
    Trivia Library ^ | 4-5-2007
    Extinct Ancient Societies Gaunches of the Canary IslandsAbout the Gaunches of the Canary Islands, history of the extinct society, how they were destroyed and the last of them. Their Society: Inhabiting the Canary Islands, which lie off the coast of northwest Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, the Guanches were a tall, fair or red-haired race of people. It is believed that they were the descendants of Cro-Magnon men who migrated to the islands from southern France and the Iberian Peninsula in oceangoing canoes some 3,000 years ago. The Guanches' own oral history and mythology spoke of 60 men and their...
  • Tsunami Victims Hunt For Food (Solomon Islands)

    04/03/2007 6:17:31 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 531+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-4-2007 | Nick Squires
    Tsunami victims hunt for food By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 1:33am BST 04/04/2007 Video: Devastation of the Solomon Islands (Click on site to see) Desperate survivors of the tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands scavenged for food and drinking water yesterday as authorities said the number of deaths had reached 28 and was likely to rise. A day after a powerful earthquake unleashed a 16ft wall of water on the western part of the South Pacific country, up to 25 aftershocks hit the region. Scientists said that more tsunamis could follow. The tremors spread further fear among the...
  • Islands spark accelerated evolution

    09/14/2006 2:44:47 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 29 replies · 454+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | September 12, 2006 | Staff
    The notion of islands as natural test beds of evolution is nearly as old as the theory itself. The restricted scale, isolation, and sharp boundaries of islands create unique selective pressures, often to dramatic effect. Following what’s known as the “island rule,” small animals evolve into outsize versions of their continental counterparts while large animals shrink. Giant tortoises and iguanas still inhabit the Galápagos and a few other remote islands today, but only fossils remain of the dwarf hippopotami, elephants, and deer that once lived on islands in Indonesia, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Ocean. The fossil record suggests that...
  • Canary Islands Fear Disaster As Number Of Migrants Soars

    09/03/2006 8:05:40 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 408+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-4-2006 | Dale Fuchs
    Canary Islands fear disaster as number of migrants soars * 6,000 came in August, exceeding whole of 2005* Spain wants EU summit to cut off sea route to Europe Dale Fuchs in Madrid Monday September 4, 2006 The Guardian (UK) A record number of African migrants, almost 1,200 in 36 hours, reached the shores of the Spanish Canary Islands at the weekend, crammed into eight rickety boats that set sail from Mauritania, officials said. Police have intercepted about 20,000 migrants this year. Rescue workers say 550 have drowned en route. In all, 674 arrived on Saturday and 522 yesterday. "This...
  • Fishery Council Wants Monument Exception

    06/16/2006 9:22:23 PM PDT · by Proud2BAmerican · 3 replies · 469+ views
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | June 16, 2006 | Diana Leone
    By Diana Leone dleone@starbulletin.com The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council will ask for continued commercial fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, despite a presidential order yesterday that will ban it in a large region declared as a monument, a council member says. Westpac council member Edwin Ebisui said the council thinks fishing is "palatable and consistent with a monument or reserve." "Westpac's position is and has been that the two fisheries going on up there (bottom-fish and pelagic) have been for years absolutely consistent with marine protection," Ebisui, Hawaii member of the council, said yesterday by telephone from a meeting...
  • Bush to create huge isle monument

    06/16/2006 9:17:46 PM PDT · by Proud2BAmerican · 28 replies · 792+ views
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | June 15, 2006 | Diana Leone
    By Diana Leone dleone@starbulletin.com President Bush is expected to announce in Washington today that he wants to make the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument. In doing so, Bush would establish permanent protection for the 1,400-mile-long, 100-mile-wide section of the Hawaiian archipelago and coral reefs, a move that environmental groups, native Hawaiians and others have been seeking for years. "Building on all the work that was done in the last five years under the marine sanctuary process, the president has decided to elevate the designation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands area to national monument status," said a statement released yesterday...
  • South Korean Prez Pledges to Defend Disputed Islands from Japan

    04/24/2006 10:53:34 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 11 replies · 527+ views
    FOX ^ | April 25, 2006 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president vowed Tuesday to defend a string of islets against Japanese claims in Seoul's strongest criticism yet of Tokyo in the long-running territorial dispute.
  • 'NET TRAPS ARUBA TEEN (Holloways monitored blogs, Web sites, Internet chat)

    02/22/2006 3:02:54 AM PST · by Liz · 263 replies · 6,831+ views
    NY POST ^ | February 22, 2006 | DAREH GREGORIAN
    New technology and old-fashioned detective work enabled Natalee Holloway's family to slap the main suspect in her Aruba disappearance with legal papers in New York. "We'd been monitoring the blogs, Web sites and Internet chatter, and it all reached a crescendo Wednesday," he said. New York law allows one party to serve another with a lawsuit, even if none of them lives here — giving Natalee's parents an opportunity to force the teen to answer questions under oath and to pay, at least financially, for his alleged involvement in their daughter's disappearance. Balber drew up a complaint against Joran, 18,...