Monthly Archives: October 2011

Some key facts about the state of the planet’s water resources

At least 1.1 billion people, or about a fifth of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water. Most of them live in Asia or sub-Saharan Africa. The total volume of water on earth is estimated at … Continue reading

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Water use growing twice as fast as population!

Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn.Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with 7 billion people on the … Continue reading

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Earthquakes Generate Big Heat in Super-Small Areas

In experiments mimicking the speed of earthquakes, geophysicists at Brown University detail a phenomenon known as flash heating. They report in a paper published in Science that because fault surfaces touch only at microscopic, scattered spots, these contacts are subject … Continue reading

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Plankton’s Shifting Role in Deep Sea Carbon Storage Explored

The tiny phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi, invisible to the naked eye, plays an outsized role in drawing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it deep in the seas. But this role may change as ocean water becomes warmer and more acidic, … Continue reading

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