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Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Massive “atmospheric rivers” are responsible for nearly 75 per cent of all extreme winds and rainfalls on the world’s coasts, and roughly 50 per cent of the extreme wind gusts recorded in the past two decades, a new research revealed.

The strange phenomenon of atmospheric rivers can be described as narrow corridors of heavily concentrated moisture suspended in Earth’s atmosphere, which contain up to 15 times more water than the amount of water flowing through the gigantic Mississippi River.

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Hidden continent Zealandia discovered underwater

Hidden continent Zealandia discovered underwater

A new study claims that Earth has eight continents but the eighth is hidden under water in the Pacific Ocean, with only small bits, including New Zealand and New Caledonia, being above sea level.

According to geologists, the eighth continent, dubbed Zealandia, lies beneath the waves in the Pacific Ocean. Only a few specks of land, including for New Zealand, Campbell Plateau and Lord Howe Rise, are above sea surface.

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Bizarre squid’s mismatched eyes help it survive in deep-sea, dark habitat

Bizarre squid’s mismatched eyes help it survive in deep-sea, dark habitat

Bizarre deep-sea squid Histioteuthis heteropsis’ mismatched eyes help the marine creature survive in its cold and dark habitat, according to a new research.

Deep-sea dweller Histioteuthis heteropsis has been puzzling biologists since it was discovered more than a century ago because its bulging left eye is big and yellow, whereas its right eye is significantly smaller and clear.

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Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

An international team of scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide close to Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The Gloria Knolls Slide, which could also have triggered a tsunami, occurred nearly 300,000 years ago. It was 32 cubic kilometers in volume, or nearly thirty times the size of Uluru, a rock landmark in central part of Australia.

The researchers discovered the ancient landslide while conducting 3-dimentional mapping of the Queensland Trough’s ancient reefs. The Queensland Trough is a big basin adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

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