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Teenage Girl Lone Survivor from Yemeni Air Crash

Where: Moroni, ComorosJuly 2, 2009 : Weeks after an Air France airliner crashed into the Pacific Ocean, a Yemeni jetliner went down into the Indian Ocean near Comoros, where it was scheduled to land. All passengers were killed, except one teenage girl.The passengers on the ill-fated plane Airbus that crashed into the Indian Ocean were flying the last...

Another Big Quake for 2010 – Chile

Where: Santiago,ChileMarch 17, 2010 : Chile experienced an 8.8-magnitude on February 27, 2010. Around 700 people lost their lives. This was the fifth strongest earthquake recorded in the world since 1900. The quake struck near Concepcion, Chile's second largest city, where thousands of people were holidaying over the weekend. In neighbouring Argentina, houses and power lines collapsed....

What are Volcanic Tubeworms?

What are Volcanic Tubeworms?
In order to raise chicks the farmer keeps the eggs warm and is careful not to crush them. But when scientists in the University of Southern California rear tubeworms, they keep the immature worms very cold and under high pressure.You would think the scientists are being cruel by subjecting these little worms to such extreme conditions. They are not.The...

The earth has more than 600 active volcanoes…

The earth has more than 600 active volcanoes. Many of them are to be found on what is called the 'Ring of Fire' around the Pacific Ocean. The largest active volcano on the Earth today is the Mauna Lau, which is about 4168 metres (13,677 feet) high. It is situated in the Hawaiian islands. One volcanic explosion in Mauna...

The Pacific Ocean is three times bigger than…

The Pacific Ocean is three times bigger than Asia, the biggest continent on Earth. It covers nearly one-third of the Earth's surface. Its widest part is about 1,770 km or 11,000 miles. That distance would take you halfway around the world.

Holi in Fiji

March 19: Before it was Holi in India, phagua, as Holi is called by the Indo-Fijians, was already being celebrated. The Fiji Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, are six-and-a-half hours ahead of Indian time and the Indo-Fijians were already singing chautal, an oral tradition of celebration.For the community, memories of India go as far back as 120 years, when...

The Secrets of the Ocean Floor

The Secrets of the Ocean Floor
It is one question that is not a quizmasters' favourite: which is the tallest mountain on earth? The answer is bound to come fast and snappy - Mt Everest, at a height of 29,000 feet.But that is only on land. For, if you were to measure from the bottom of the ocean, the tallest mountain in the world will...

Pollution – an old ancestral legacy

Pollution - an old ancestral legacy
If you thought today's pollution and environmental damage was just as old as the coming of industrial factories, smoke and chemical waste, you were wrong. A recent report in the journal 'Science' says that environmental pollution is as old as human existence itself, though industrialisation certainly hastened the process.The report is based on a study consisting of the combined...

What Happens After an Earthquake?

People often wonder whether an earthquake can drastically change the topography of a region. A few tremors and some buildings that collapse does not mean that the shape of the earth has changed, does it? However, earthquakes can and do change the topography of the region.Our earth is made of many layers just like an onion. We can divide...

Watery Facts

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The Pacific Ocean is three times bigger than Asia, the biggest continent on Earth. It covers nearly one-third of the Earth's surface. Its widest part is about 1770 km or 11000 miles. That distance would take you halfway around the world.Ninety seven per cent of all the water on Earth is salty. Only 3 per cent is fresh water....

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