On Thursday, the Silicon Valley search engine giant announced it recently sent its Street View Trekker backpack camera system to the Galápagos Islands to capture panoramic images of the region’s sulfur mines, lava tunnels, lush forests and wondrous waters as well as the inimitable wildlife that calls this UNESCO World Heritage Site home.
The photos, which were snapped between May 6 and 17, will be available on Google Maps later this year.
Google Earth Outreach has collaborated with the Charles Darwin Foundation, a non-profit organization located in Galápagos off the coast of Ecuador in South America, whose mission is to preserve the region’s enchanting landscapes and species. (Google)
It was, he realized instantly, the solution to a distressing mystery: how the sensitive, protected, public pond and another one nearby – two of the few remaining homes for an endangered species of salamander – had become so infested with invasive carp that the rare amphibians had all but disappeared, especially since the pond had no connection to any stream.
To Mr. Firth-Eagland, it was now clear: someone was stocking the pond as a black market breeding pool in a commercial fishing operation, with the koi carp likely being sold either as ornamental fish stock or as food to restaurants.
Outraged, he confronted the men, chasing them off into the night with his walking stick.
Discovering the source of the conservation disaster was the easy part. Trying to bring the Jefferson salamanders back to two of its few remaining homes required more ingenuity. It led the conservation authority to break its own rules; it poisoned both ponds. (Wikimedia Commons)
Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents.
“It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east,” said Trudy Wohlleben, senior ice forecaster at the Canadian Ice Service.
She said it was “spectacular” to watch from Ottawa, where she and her colleagues track the ice with satellites. (NASA)
The squid was spotted at a depth of 630 metres about 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo during a joint expedition last summer by Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Discovery Channel and Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science. (NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel/The Associated Press)
The mutations are the first evidence that the radiation has caused genetic changes in living organisms. They are likely to add to concerns about potential health risks among humans though there is no evidence of it yet. Scientists say more study is needed to link human health with the Fukushima disaster. (Photo: AP Photo/Chiyo Nohara of University of the Ryukyus)
The snake was pregnant with 87 eggs, also said to be a record. Scientists said the python’s stats show just how pervasive the invasive snakes, which are native to Southeast Asia, have become in South Florida.
REUTERS/Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida
Frankenfish: terrorizing the people of B.C. In Burnaby’s city’s Central Park, beneath the surface of a murky pond, the creature lurks. A northern snakehead, a voracious, predatory fish not native to these parts, nor welcome. Acting like it owns the place. Municipal and provincial authorities want it gone, lest it cause some real harm, but it’s a crafty, elusive beast. Ugly, too. It is fairly dubbed “the Frankenfish.” (Photo: Reuters)
Joel Allen’s decision to learn a trade was the best move of his life, he says. It led him to Whistler, where he’s built a spectacular fort whose precise location is top secret unless you’re among the lucky few to find it.
Nice to watch at a distance, perhaps, but the undulating, translucent creatures are notorious for their stings, which can be lethal. Countless ocean-side holidays have been ruined thanks to unwelcome encounters with nettlesome jellyfish clusters, or blooms