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GPM measured Tropical Storm Adjali's rainfall before dissipation
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Moderate rainfall was occurring around the center of Tropical Storm Adjali before it dissipated, according to data from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM satellites.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Adjali making the curve
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Adjali started curving to the southwest on its trek through the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead on Nov. 19.

As CO2 acidifies oceans, scientists develop a way to measure effect on marine ecosystems
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Man-made emissions have dramatically increased the CO2 content of oceans and acidified their surface waters. Now scientists in Israel have for the first time developed a way to quantify how acidification is affecting marine ecosystems on an oceanic basin scale. Studying a 5,000 km strip of ocean, they developed a new way to assess overall calcification rates of coral reefs and open sea plankton based on variations in surface water chemistry.

Fountain of youth underlies Antarctic Mountains
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) In a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists explain why the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains in the middle of Antarctica looks as young as they do.

Virulent bacteria affecting oysters found to be a case of mistaken identity
(Oregon State University) The bacteria that helped cause the near-ruin of two large oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest have been mistakenly identified for years, researchers say in a recent report. In addition, the study shows that the bacteria now believed to have participated in that problem are even more widespread and deadly than the previous suspect.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Adjali develop a tail
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean, the MODIS instrument aboard captured a picture of Tropical Cyclone Adjali that showed it developed a 'tail,' which is actually band of thunderstorms extending south of the center.

New paper identifies virus devastating sea stars on Pacific Coast
(Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) Specimens from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have helped explain the mysteriously sudden appearance of a disease that has decimated sea stars on the North American Pacific Coast.

EARTH Magazine: How much natural hazard mitigation is enough?
(American Geosciences Institute) It's a question that arises in the wake of most natural disasters: What steps can society take to protect itself from storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions?

NASA sees the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season awaken
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The first tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season has formed over 300 miles from Diego Garcia. When NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Adjali the VIIRS instrument aboard took a visible picture of the storm that showed bands of thunderstorms wrapped around its center.

Worldwide ship traffic up 300 percent since 1992
(American Geophysical Union) New satellite data reveal a whopping boost in shipping.

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