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Extreme weather on the rise in Europe
An increased risk of floods and droughts, easier spread for infectious diseases, lower crop yields: Europe must better prepare for the consequences of climate change, says the European Environment Agency (EEA)…
Huge landslide discovered under Great Barrier Reef
A team of scientists mapping the seafloor along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have stumbled upon the remains of a huge underwater landslide. Its estimated 32-km3 volume is around 30 times that of Uluru, the giant red rock in Australia’s center, and is thought to have crumbled off the Queensland coast some 300,000 years ago.
Scientists from James Cook University, the University of Granada and the University of Sydney made the discovery while working from a research ship around 75 km (46 mi) off the coast. The team was mapping the floor in an area called the Queensland Trough using 3D multibeam mapping, a technique that bounces sound waves off the seabed to determine water depth, and made some unexpected discoveries.
“We were amazed to discover this cluster of knolls while 3D multibeam mapping the deep Great Barrier Reef seafloor…
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