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Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

Where: Wellington, New ZealandJuly 16, 2009 : A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in New Zealand's South Island, near the city of Invercargill. No one was injured, nor was there any major damage. The region, South Westland, is almost uninhabited, and the quake was centred 35 kilometres under the sea off its coast. An earthquake of this intensity could...

Volcano Erupts in Chile

Where: Santiago, ChileApril 4, 2009 : Llaima volcano, which is located in Chile's scenic lake region, erupted on Saturday, 4 April, 2009. It is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. It emitted a river of lava more than 1,000 metres long. People could see bright red bursts of lava in the night sky during the...

Vanishing Vulture

It's the bird most commonly associated with death. Once a common sight in South Asia, the vulture, or nature's scavenger, is one of the 78 species in India that is dying out. Faced with a mysterious virus and pesticide poisoning, the population of vultures today is said to be just 5 per cent of what it was (about 20...

What is Geothermal Energy?

Old Faithful, a geysers in the Yellow Stone National Park, USA
In winter, all of us warm water in the geysers in the bathroom for bathing. Nature too has geysers which throw up a huge amount of hot water and steam. The 'Old Faithful', as one of the geysers in the Yellow Stone National Park in the United States of America is called, spews out boiling water at intervals of...

Pushed to the Edge

December 27: Leslie Readwin of Britain is in India with a purpose. She wants to see the famous tigers of the Corbett National Park, which nestles at the foot of the Indian Himalayas. The 80 year old is very keen to meet the majestic cats in their natural surroundings. But she might have to return without seeing even one.The...

Penguin Sweaters

Oil spills can have a devastating effect on marine life. After an oil spill, one of the most important jobs of rescuers is to fish out oil soaked birds and animals, clean them and rehabilitate them before releasing them into the wild again.Recently, after an oil spill in the Australian waters, environmentalists claimed that the oil slicks were threatening...

Rhinoceros: On the Comeback Trail

Rhinoceros: On the Comeback Trail
Next to the tusk-bearing elephants, rhinos are the other large animals heavily targeted by poachers. Rhinos are poached for their horns and these are sold in the black market at astonishing prices.Since 1977, trade in rhino horn has been banned but poachers and smugglers still hunt and kill these gentle creatures to meet the demands of the rhino horn...

The Filmmaker

Shooting 'Shores of Silence', was probably more exciting than shooting a high-voltage action thriller for Mike Pandey and his two crewmembers. The small fishing boat that they rode the high seas in, was tossed by huge waves like a cork, threatening their life and equipment several times. But the three hung on, determined to shoot the sequence that was...

Long Memory of Female Elephants is Responsible for the Well Being of their Families

Long Memory of Female Elephants is Responsible for the Well Being of their Families
You must have heard the phrase 'elephant's memory' being used for people with a long memory.It seems the long memory of elephants, especially female elephants, is directly responsible for the well being of their families. This fact was discovered by a group of researchers of the University of Sussex who studied the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya,...

How Many Kinds of Rhinos are There?

A pair of Asian Rhinoceros Bardia National Park, Nepal.
A modern day rhino or rhinoceros looks pretty much like its ancestor that existed on earth more than 30 million years ago.Its status as an animal "biggie" hasn't changed much either. The ancestors of the modern-day rhinoceros - the 4 feet tall Uintatherium and the 15 feet high Indricotherium - were the largest land mammals ever. Today's rhino is...

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