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Posted on Thursday, April 14 - 2011

US scientists discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. It became a sensational discovery because this part of the ocean has been studied thoroughly, and no one expected anything like that to appear in the area. More importantly, no one can understand where the whirlpools came from and what surprises they may bring to people. According to Brazilian scientist Guilherme Castellane, the two funnels are approximately 400 kilometers in diameter. Until now, these were not known on Earth. The funnels reportedly exert a strong influence on climate changes that have been registered during the recent years. "Funnels rotate clockwise. They are moving in the ocean like giant frisbees, two discs thrown into the air. Rotation occurs at a rate of one meter per second, the speed is sufficiently large compared to the speed of oceanic currents, on the border hoppers is a wave-step height of 40 cm," Castellane said. Even during the dry months, when the movement of oceanic currents and the flow of the Amazon River practically comes to a standstill, the funnels do not disappear. Therefore, the nature of the funnels does not depend on the flow of water, which one of the world's biggest rivers brings into the ocean. The natural phenomenon, which creates the whirlpools, is unknown to modern science.

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Posted on Sunday, July 19 - 2009

New research has revealed that lightning strikes release rare forms of phosphorus in the soil that could have been an important part in the development of the first life forms on Earth billions of years ago."Lightning strike leftovers may contain a key to the origins of life.

Earth is under fire from a constant barrage of electricity: on average, lightning hits the planet"s surface 44 times per second."

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Posted on Tuesday, August 02 - 2005

Submitted by Artemis: A super volcano is the most destructive natural force on earth. Super volcanoes produce the largest and most voluminous kinds of eruptions ever recorded throughout earth history. Most super volcanoes are what volcanologists call caldera volcanoes. Caldera volcanoes are formed after magma has been erupted and the volcano collapses into the voided chamber.The largest known super volcano is the Siberian Traps in Russia, which had the largest volcanic event in the last 500 million years. The Siberian Traps eruption, which lasted over a million years has been blamed for the Permian-Triassic extinction event. This extinction event occurred 252 million years ago, when 90% ofall marine life and 70% of all other life became extinct.What most do not realize is the number of these sleeping giants that exist.

When someone in the United States hears the word super volcano they think "Yellowstone", but Yellowstone isn't the only monster that exists. Some caldera volcanoes located in North America are Yellowstone (WY), Crater Lake (OR), Long Valley (CA), Sturgeon Lake (Ontario), Valle Grande (NM). Some of the biggest caldera volcanoes from around the world are Krakotoa (Indonesia), Tambora (Indonesia), Toba (Sumatra), Taupo (New Zealand) and the Siberian Traps in Russia. There are over 138 caldera volcanoes in the world, whose crater exceeds 5 miles in diameter, 40 of which are super volcanoes. Evidence shows that when super volcanoes erupt it effects our climate andthe environment for many years after. The Toba eruption 74,000 years ago, and the 3 Yellowstone eruptions 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago have been blamed for causing earths past ice ages.Here's a good illustration of the eruptive capacity of a super volcano. Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption ejected 1.2 cubic kilometers of material, enough to fill a large sports stadium 1,569 times. The St. Helens eruption is very small compared to historic super eruptions.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 08 - 2009

A team of scientists has discovered over 40 unidentified species in a lost world contained inside a kilometre deep crater in Papua New Guinea including what may be the world'slargest known species of rat. "A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea." View: Full Article | Source: Guardian Unlimited News storysuggestion by: Stance.

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