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Researchers confirm dead zone off Texas coast since 1985

Researchers at Texas A&M University have confirmed for the first time that a "dead zone" has existed off the Texas coast for at least the past 23 years and will likely remain there, causing potential harmful effects to marine life in the area.

Steve DiMarco, associate professor in Texas A&M's College of Geosciences who has studied dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 15 years, believes the dead zone area off the Texas coast extends from the Texas-Louisiana border area to Brownsville. A dead zone occurs when there is hypoxia, or oxygen-depleted water.

Such low levels of oxygen are believed to be caused by pollution from farm fertilizers as they empty into rivers and eventually the Gulf, or by soil erosion or discharge from sewage treatment plants.

"Not all of the area from the Texas-Louisiana coast to Brownsville is a dead zone area, but very much of it is," DiMarco explains. "The Texas dead zone appears to be more patchy and not as continuous as the Louisiana dead zone to the east, but much of the region there has very low oxygen levels, some extremely low."


S.D. beekeepers concerned as die-off continues

The California winter has been a tough one on South Dakota beekeepers like Richard Adee.

Last fall he sent 155 semitrailer trucks to California loaded with hives containing bees fit and ready to pollinate the almond crop.

"We lost 40% of the hives we sent there. We sent 70,000 out and lost 28,000," said Adee, whose Adee Honey Farms in Bruce is considered the largest beekeeping operation in the nation.

"I would say overall the losses of South Dakota bees - from what I've heard - from what they started in the spring of '07 until they came out of the almonds is at least 50%. It's not good."

Now, in preparation for the honey-making season in South Dakota, he's working to get back to full strength from a mystery called colony collapse disorder.

Better Earth

Aftershock? 4.2 quake in Wells, Nevada

Earthquake Details

©Nevada Seismological Laboratory
Latest 'aftershock' map showing the original 6.0 quake which occurred on February 21, 2008 and the most recent 'aftershock'.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake measuring 4,4 points rocks Kamchatka, no casualties

Earthquake measuring 4.4 points on the Richter scale rocked the Kamchatka Peninsula in the area of the Tilichiki and Korf settlements. There have been no casualties or destruction, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's main department for the Kamchatka territory told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Cloud Lightning

Record Breaking Rain in India

Rain in March? Figures of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) suggest that it is extremely unusual. The state recorded 86.4 millimetres rainfall during the week ending March 26, 5,760 % more than weekly rainfall that is typical of this month.


Spain: Driest Winter on Record

Spain's government on Friday unveiled new measures to relieve the impact of the driest winter in memory, including diverting water between regions to ensure supplies to 2.5 million people in the parched southeast.

Bizarro Earth

New Zealand volcano erupting - under water

Monowai volcano

You wouldn't know it but a large volcano eruption is taking place in New Zealand. It's not visible because Monowai is completely underwater - north of the Kermadec Islands, and is about 1500 metres deep.

Bizarro Earth

Russia: Volcano Karymsky Erupts on Kamchatka

The volcano is belching steam and ash 7 kilometers high. Rock falls were seen on the slopes.

Another volcano - Karymsky located 140 km north from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - started eruption on Kamchatka. For one day seismologists have detected nearly 100 separate shocks.

Bizarro Earth

American West Heating Nearly Twice As Fast As Rest Of World, New Analysis Shows

The American West is heating up more rapidly than the rest of the world, according to a new analysis of the most recent federal government temperature figures. The news is especially bad for some of the nation's fastest growing cities, which receive water from the drought-stricken Colorado River. The average temperature rise in the Southwest's largest river basin was more than double the average global increase, likely spelling even more parched conditions.

Colorado River, Utah
©iStockphoto/Eric Foltz
Colorado River, Utah. The West's most pronounced temperature increase is in the Colorado River basin, which has warmed more than twice as much as the global average, with effects that put at risk a major water supply.

Arrow Down

Austrian glaciers shrink the most in five years

Austria's glaciers retreated more than 22 metres (24 yards) on average last year, in the biggest shrinking for five years, the country's Alpine Club said Saturday.

"All glaciers experienced melting and retreated... an average of 22.2 metres" in the 2006-2007 period, the Alpine Club said, citing measurements of 93 glaciers by its specialists who blamed milder than normal temperatures.

The record was on the Weisssee Ferner glacier in the Oetztal range of southwest Austria, which shrank 96.5 metres, while two more glaciers in the south retreated by 87 and 84 metres respectively.