Ireland: can you spot Mullaghmore Head?

Ireland will be monitoring the quality of coastal water with the combination of satellite observations and data from ocean buoys.


The European Space Agency (ESA), Ireland’s TechWorks Marine and Greece's Planetek Hellas are working together to deliver timely, high-quality information for water and waste management operators.

The project will not only improve water quality, but also provides a new opportunity for growth in Ireland.

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Great Barrier Reef: a natural treasure born in Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral richness in the last 27 years.

Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science believe that the world's largest coral reef has accelerated the pace of damage, since 2006.

Coal and gas shipments, destructive starfish and climate change are the main threats to this natural treasure. Coal is one of Australia's top export earners and the state of Queensland is the country's largest coal-producer.

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Mars: water means surfing

Surfing in Mars might have been a possibility. NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving.

There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence - images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels - is the first of its kind. Imagery shows an alluvial fan of material washed down from the rim, streaked by many apparent channels, sitting uphill of the new finds.

The rounded shape of some stones in the conglomerate indicates long-distance transport from above the rim, where a channel named Peace Vallis feeds into the alluvial fan.

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