Tag: Pacific Ocean

The Mystery of the Melanistic Manta Rays

Spanning up to 25 feet from wing to wing, manta rays look like U.F.O.’s from below. If you ever get a chance to dive with them, look up. Lights won’t beam down and abduct you, but something about their bellies may surprise you. Most are white, but some are splattered with unique black blotches. This […]

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Japan Braces for Typhoon, Canceling Rugby World Cup Games and Flights

TOKYO — As a powerful typhoon churned toward Japan, organizers of the Rugby World Cup on Thursday canceled two upcoming matches originally scheduled to be played Saturday in stadiums in the direct path of the storm. The cancellations were announced as cities, railways and airlines scrambled to prepare for the storm, which is expected to […]

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This Volcanic Eruption Set Off a Phytoplankton Bloom

The eruption last year of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii produced the equivalent of 320,000 Olympic-size swimming pools of lava. Much of it ended up flowing into the Pacific Ocean, creating plumes of acidic, glassy steam in the process. The eruption also unexpectedly coincided with an explosion in the population of phytoplankton, a diverse array […]

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Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.

Robert Ballard is the finder of important lost things. In 1985, he discovered the Titanic scattered beneath the Atlantic Ocean. He and his team also located the giant Nazi battleship Bismarck and, more recently, 18 shipwrecks in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard has always wanted to find the remains of the plane Amelia Earhart was […]

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