Science & Environment: Volcanic mysteries, Earth's inner core surprises, and abalone at risk.

Science & Environment: Volcanic mysteries, Earth's inner core surprises, and abalone at risk.


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In this edition: Volcanic mysteries solved, Earth's core surprises scientists, and abalone at risk.
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      Eruptive Enigma     
Colossal volcano behind 'mystery' global cooling finally found
The eruption devastated local Maya settlements and caused crop failures around the world.
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further Where is The largest volcano in the world? +
      Long light     
Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted
The spidery streak is just one of many new lightning discoveries found in often overlooked satellite data.
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      Planet at risk     
The Amazon is burning at record rates—and deforestation is to blame
The blazes are so huge that smoke can be seen from space, and experts say the fires could have major climate impacts....
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5,376 meters
The length of the longest overhead power transmission line in the world, which crosses the Ameralik Fjord in Greenland.
That's 3.34 miles to you
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAXIMILIAN BUZUN
      Deep Mystery     
Earth's inner core is doing something weird
Data from old Soviet weapons tests are helping scientists get a high-resolution look inside our planet.
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FURTHER: MAgnetic north just changed. Read why. +
      Racing to keep cool     
Some animals can adapt to climate change—just not fast enough
Some birds have adjusted to earlier springs, but it's not clear whether they keep going.
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      Bad air     
Air pollution linked to bipolar disorder, depression
A new study adds to research showing a link between pollution and poor mental health.
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      Warming warning     
California's disappearing sea snails carry a grim climate warning
The red abalone is dying off as its food source—the California kelp forests—are decimated. Experts fear the die-off may be a sign of what's to come.
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FURTHER: Ocean species are disappearing faster than land-dwellers +
What We're REading
Cool summer nights may soon be a thing of the past (The Atlantic)  ››
Sourdough science can be delicious and artistic (CE&N)  ››
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