WEIRD WORLD PT12/December 2011
The events noted in this blog does not include massive animal deaths because I have a series covering this. It does not include the most weather or earthquake events due to the massive numbers involved. I also don’t include the sinkhole due to the series covering this on the blog as well.
- Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:06 CST
An unprecedented number of flamingos have arrived in Gujarat this year. At least 139 flamingos have died after being electrocuted by high tension wires in the Indian state of Gujarat, forest officials say. The birds were part of nearly half a million flamingos who have migrated from Siberia to breed in the warm marshy areas of the state’s coast. Officials said the birds possibly got disturbed by traffic at night and flew into the newly installed wires. Measures have now been taken to stop them from coming near the wires.
- Sat, 03 Dec 2011 13:09 CST
Disappearing: The Argentine ant. One of the world’s worst invasive species, the Argentine ant, is mysteriously disappearing from New Zealand.
- Wed, 07 Dec 2011 08:13 CST
This 8-inch-wide (20 cm) crevasse stretches for at least tens of meters in a north-south direction; its depth is unknown. The crack, at a depth beneath the water’s surface of 10, 558 feet (3,218 m) was imaged on Aug. 10, 2011. San Francisco – The March 2011 megaquake off the coast of Japan opened up fissures as wide as 6 feet (3 meters) in the seafloor, a new study finds.
- Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:23 CST
A fierce storm with winds of up to 165mph has battered northern parts of Britain, with people warned to stay indoors, schools forced to close and flights and rail links cancelled.
- Fri, 09 Dec 2011 06:20 CST
Dr. Marty Haulena tends to a sick green sea turtle at the Vancouver Aquarium. For the third time in two weeks a green sea turtle – a prehistoric species that’s 150 million years old and that’s now threatened – has washed up on B.C.’s shores, a rare appearance that’s baffling ocean experts.
- Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:05 CST
Yakutian Hachiko in bitter vigil for dead mate A stray dog in Russia’s Far East stood on guard beside his dead mate in biting cold for over two weeks. The “Yakutian Hachiko” tried to warm her up with his own body.
- Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:25 CST
Lubbock – Texas has had its second minor earthquake this week. The U.S. Geological Survey website shows that the 3.4 magnitude quake happened at 12:47 p.m. Friday and was centered 15 miles north of Snyder in West Texas. The area is 68 miles southeast of Lubbock.
- Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:22 CST
US: Magma plume – profuse lava flow from Kīlauea breaches West Ka’ili’ili ocean entry for the first time in 4 years-This media release is from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park-Lava from Kīlauea’s remote Pu’u ‘Ō’ō vent has again reached the ocean within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park boundaries, at a spot scientists have named the West Ka’ili’ili ocean entry.
- Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:41 CST
More than a hundred Beluga whales are trapped in frigid water surrounded by ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia’s Far East, and risk death unless they are rescued soon, local authorities said.
- Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:12 CST
SKY TSUNAMI? Clouds along the horizon in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday (Dec. 16).
For a morning, the sky looked like a surfer’s dream: A series of huge breaking waves lined the horizon in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday (Dec. 16), their crests surging forward in slow motion. Amazed Alabamans took photos of the clouds and sent them to their local weather station, wondering, “What are these tsunamis in the sky?”
- Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:01 CST
Researchers warn that Boswellia trees, which are tapped to make frankincense, are declining at a troubling rate. The biblical Christmas story of the three kings may need a rewriting, or at least a tweak to one of the gifts – frankincense. Production of the fragrant resin, which is used in perfume and incense, could decline by half over the next 15 years, a new study finds.
- Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:37 CST
Drought and excessive heat created major impacts across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and several other states.
As many as a half-billion trees may have died across Texas from the effects of the 2011 drought, the state’s forest service says. A survey released Monday by the Texas Forest Service estimates 100 million to 500 million trees, or 2% to 10% of the state’s 4.9 billion trees, have been killed by the severe drought, which began last year.
- Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:52 CST
A creepy cloud formation was reportedly photographed today hovering over England and users on the social news Web site Reddit began spreading the picture. What is this creepy cloud hovering over England? This sky formation was reportedly photographed on Thursday, Dec. 22.User “chriswalkerb,” from Yorkshire, England, posted the photograph and asked other Redditors: “Creepy cloud hovering over england can anyone explain?” In return, he received 712 comments and counting. However, no one had an exact answer. “As an air mass blows across a mountain range at perpendicular angle to the range, it creates a standing wave, much like a river running over an underwater rock have standing waves. As the air rises, the temperature decreases and the moisture saturates the air to create the standing lenticular cloud. It gets it shape as a cigar, because air descends rapidly on the other side when it loses temperature again (loss of thermal energy in the formation of droplets). So it re-enforces the strength of the wave, making it exponentially stronger rather than weaker (like in a river). Thus you can often see lenticular clouds in formation, up to tens of miles downwind of the mountain range,” replied one verbose user.
- Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:18 CST
Nature at its best: Created by the awesome forces of the Vatnajvkull ice cap in the south of the volcanic island, the deep blue cave was formed by the glacier meeting the coastline. Glistening in the setting afternoon sun of an Icelandic winter, the Crystal Cave of Svmnafellsjvkull (CORR) in Skaftafell national park, highlights nature’s beauty. The centuries old ice that has come from the slopes of 6,921 feet tall Vrffajvkull, Iceland’s tallest active volcano, has compressed all air out of the ice adding to the texture and color of the cave. Accessible through a 22-foot entrance on the shoreline, the cave tapers to a tight squeeze at the end no more than four feet high. ‘Blue ice like this deep blue occurs over hundreds of years and begins when simple snow falls onto ice or in this case a glacier,’ said 35-year old photographer Orvar Thorgeirsson.
- Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:22 CST
A tiger prawn is displayed by shrimp trawler Capt. Tony Perez. The foot-long female was caught about 60 miles south of the Louisiana coast near Morgan City in October. A truly jumbo shrimp is causing big worries about the future of the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem. The Asian tiger prawn, a foot-long crustacean with a voracious appetite and a proclivity for disease, has invaded the northern Gulf, threatening prized native species, from crabs and oysters to smaller brown and white shrimp. Though no one is sure what the ecological impact will be, scientists fear a tiger prawn takeover could knock nature’s balance out of whack and turn a healthy, diverse marine habitat into one dominated by a single invasive species. “It has the potential to be real ugly,” said Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay ecoystem leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “But we just do not know.” The tiger prawns from the western Pacific – which can grow up to 13 inches long – have been spreading along the Gulf Coast since 2006, but their numbers took off this year. Shrimpers pulled one from Texas waters for the first time in June.
- Sun, 25 Dec 2011 10:22 CST
Giant waves breaking on shoreline. Giant waves measuring at least five meters high hit part of Southern Thailand Sunday, forcing residents in the affected areas to flee as their houses were swept away by the storm-induced waves from the sea.
- Thu, 29 Dec 2011 02:58 CST
There’s no place like foam … Cleveleys, near Blackpool gets in a lather with foam blown in from the ocean.Foam blown from sea covering streets and houses of Cleveleys, near Blackpool, is thought to be non-polluted algal matter. A thick white blanket settled gently on the seaside town of Cleveleys near Blackpool on Wednesday, but this was no seasonal dusting of snow from above. The Environment Agency dispatched officers to Princess Promenade to gather evidence as gobs of foam blew in from the sea and smothered streets, cars and houses. The foam is whipped up by strong winds once or twice a year along the town’s seafront and vanishes soon after, a spokeswoman for the agency told the Guardian.
- Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:11 CST
As December draws to a close, the first polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) of northern winter are forming around the Arctic Circle. Anders Gjørwad Hagen of Vinstra, Norway, photographed this specimen on Dec. 27th. Also known as “nacreous” or “mother of pearl” clouds, icy PSCs form in the lower stratosphere when temperatures drop to around minus 85ºC. Sunlight shining through tiny ice particles ~10µm across produce the characteristic bright iridescent colors by diffraction and interference. The display Hagen witnessed formed in the wake of “Dagmar,” a storm that “hit the coast of Norway with hurricane strength on Dec. 25th and 26th,” says Hagen. “Record breaking winds up to 145 mph were recorded. While people on the coast dealt with the aftermath, photo enthusiasts inland saw the effects of high altitude winds in these colorful clouds. It was a beautiful display, but not comfortable to think of all the suffering lying behind it.”
- Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:31 CST
Whale watchers are saying that migrating gray whales are swimming through Southern California waters in record numbers this winter.