- 15 July 2013 | Environment
Puerto Escondido, one of the best surf spots in the world, is threatened by pollution and the construction of a marina.
The beaches of Puerto Escondido, in Mexico, have been attracting thousands of surf tourists for many years. The quality of the local Mexican waves are known all over the world.
There are several perfect spots for surfing and bodyboarding. Playa Zicatela is home to an IBA World Tour stop, for example.
- 12 July 2013 | Environment
Tsunamis may be detected in real-time by satellites. Chinese researchers believe to have created a model that simulates the effect of huge ocean waves on the Earth's magnetic field.
Time is everything, when it comes to avoiding the brutal impact of tsunamis. These large and rare waves, which are often associated with earthquakes, are usually devastating.
When a body of salt water moves through the Earth's magnetic field its conductive nature induces a small anomaly in the field, which can be monitored by unmanned near-space airships, low Earth orbit satellites or high altitude balloons. These options are close enough to the ocean to detect the magnetic signal of the wave.
- 11 July 2013 | Environment
The beaches of Qingdao, in China, have been invaded by 20,000 tons of bright green algae.
Qingdao, one of the best surfing cities in China, has seen an historical algae bloom over an area of about 11,500 square miles.
The cleanup costs will rise up to $30 million. Researchers believe that the algae that washes up around Qingdao has traveled from seaweed farms along the coast of Jiangsu Province.