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Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is situated at the center of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. It was built in 1606 in the Dutch Renaissance style and went through several expansions to arrive at its present condition in 1624. It was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710 and was opened to the public in 1838. Today, it is popular with tourists who flock to the castle to view the Danish Crown Regalia. How many people visit the Rosenborg Castle Garden every year? More… Discuss

Environment News: Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

A coral reef is a ridge of living coral, coral skeletons, and calcium carbonate deposits from organisms such as calcareous algae, mollusks, and protozoans. The resulting structure provides a critical habitat for a wide variety of fish and marine invertebrates. Coral reefs also protect shores against erosion by causing large waves to break and lose some of their force before reaching land. More than 90% of the estimated 109,800 sq mi (284,300 sq km) of reefs in the world are in what region? More… Discuss

NEWS: UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef “in Danger”

UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef “in Danger”

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a dumping ground for dredged sediment if reef authorities have anything to say about it. A plan has been approved to dispose sediment there in January as part of a project to expand the Abbot Point port and make it one of the world’s biggest coal ports, and this has UNESCO worried. The reef is already facing decline as a result of climate change, pollution, and other human activities, and the dumping could do further damage. UNESCO is now considering listing the natural wonder as a World Heritage in Danger site. More… Discuss

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“Crocodile Hunter” Killed When Stingray Barb Pierces His Heart (2006)

Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Steve Irwin shot to fame with his wildlife documentary television series The Crocodile Hunter, earning an international following with his exuberance and oft-repeated catchphrase “Crikey!“. The beloved naturalist was snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, filming a segment for a documentary, when he was fatally pierced in the chest by a poisonous stingray barb. He was just 44 and is survived by his wife and two children. Where is he buried? More… Discuss



Great Barrier Reef’s Coral Crisis

In less than three decades, the Great Barrier Reef, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, has lost half of its coral cover. Experts attribute the losses largely to tropical cyclones and outbreaks of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfishCoral bleachingdue to ocean warming also played a role, though a relatively minor one. Given some time, damaged reefs can generally recover, but current intervals between these disturbances are too brief to allow for meaningful recovery, resulting in long-term losses. More… Discuss

If the coral could talk, or sing, i  guess this is how it would sound like:


Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Starved Before Mass Stranding

In January, more than 800 crown-of-thorns starfish were found stranded on a beach in southern Japan, and now researchers believe they have discovered the cause of the mass stranding—the creatures were starving and too weak to return to the sea after they washed ashore. Crown-of-thorns starfish feed on coral and can consume up to 65 square feet (6 sq m) of livingcoral reef per year. In 2009, their population near the island of Ishigaki surged considerably, and since that time, the amount of coral in the area dwindled to nearly nothing. With their food source depleted, the starving starfish likely moved closer to the beach in search of more coral and became stranded. More… Discuss