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Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke? Know the Signs of Heat Illness

6/19/2024 by Param Bhatia

By If you are spending any time outside this summer, chances are you’ll be exposed to a lot of sun, high temperatures and humidity. How much heat can a person safely endure? It depends. Much less visible and dramatic than hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, heat is considered the silent… SEE MORE

A photo of USGS vessel "Hypoxia Bandit" on the Mississippi River in Vicksburg in early 2024. USGS scientists are using a US-D-96 sampler to collect sediment and water-quality samples from the river. (Image credit: USGS Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center)

NOAA forecasts above-average summer 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

6/18/2024 by Param Bhatia

By Low oxygen conditions expected to impact 5,827 square-mile area. NOAA is forecasting an above-average summer “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico covering approximately 5,827 square miles — an area roughly the size of Connecticut. The dead zone, or hypoxic area, is an area of low oxygen that… SEE MORE

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Book Review – The Neptune Factor, Mahan and the Concept of $ea Power

6/17/2024 by Param Bhatia

By John Konrad. Alfred Thayer Mahan’s importance and strength lie in his groundbreaking ideas on sea power and its crucial role in national security and power projection at sea. His seminal work, “The Influence of Sea Power upon History,” underscored the strategic importance of a formidable naval presence to deter… SEE MORE

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Are the Great Lakes Really Inland Seas?

6/16/2024 by Param Bhatia

By Gemma Tarlach. Well, yes. And no. Actually, it depends on where you stand, in more ways than one. the water reared  slammed onto the sand like an ambush predator. Then it withdrew, and came back. Again and again the surf attacked the beach, and exploded over a nearby concrete… SEE MORE