Easter Island: home to 887 stone statues | Photo: David Berkowitz/Creative Commons

Chile has announced the creation of one of the world's largest marine parks around Easter Island, during the "Our Ocean" conference, held in Valparaiso.

President Michelle Bachelet confirmed the development of a marine protected area (MPA) in the 720,000 square kilometer exclusive economic zone of the iconic Island of Rapa Nui, widely known around the world as Easter Island.

The decision has been negotiated with the Rapa Nui community, takes into consideration their ancestral fishing, as well as complies with current norms established by Convention No. 169 of the International Labor Organization.

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Rainbow Beach, Queensland: the sinkhole looks like a natural bay | Photo: Kieren Hudson

A giant sinkhole the size of a football field opened up in Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia. The deep blue hole now looks like a natural bay.

Campers at MV Beagle Campground on Inskip Point heard a noise like a storm, and up to 140 people were forced to run away, as the spot started swallowing vehicles and large objects in the surroundings.

The sinkhole is 150 meters wide (493 feet) and three meters deep (10 feet). It engulfed a caravan, a car, a camping trailer, and tents. Some are lucky to have escaped with their lives, as the event only took three minutes unfold.

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Mars: not as dry as we thought it was

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed that water flows on the Red Planet.

Scientists detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on Mars. The darkish streaks appear during warm seasons above -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius), and then disappear in colder seasons.

"Our quest on Mars has been to 'follow the water,' in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we've long suspected. This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water - albeit briny - is flowing today on the surface of Mars," notes John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator at NASA.

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