Category: Environment

5 of the most amazing rock formations on Earth

1. Devils Tower Image source: Pixabay Towering above the trees of the Black Hills National Forest, this colossal monument appears to have sprouted straight from the underworld. The imposing geological formation is, in fact,...

Meet the animals powered by the Sun

These creatures take inspiration from plant photosynthesis and use sunlight to feed themselves Image credit: Karen N Pelletreau et al As Earth’s natural solar panels, plants obtain energy from converting sunlight into food in...

What is a spirit bear?

How these pale-pelted mammals turn their colouring to their advantage Image credit: Maximilian Helm Species: Kermode bear Ursus americanus kermodei Size: Weight: 80–200kg, Length: 1.2–1.9m Habitat: Found only in the Great Bear Rainforest, these...

What causes rogue waves?

The ocean phenomenon creating freakish swells Maritime history has long told of infeasibly tall waves that strike suddenly during calm seas and topple boats. And yet to date little is understood about what causes...

The crab migration on Christmas Island

Follow the journey of millions of crabs as they make their way to the beach for an annual get-together Image credit: Chook keeper As the rainy season descends upon the beaches of Christmas Island...

What happens at a landfill site?

What happ How we deal with mountains of household waste at landfills Hills of household rubbish can be found in every country on our planet, along with flocks of gulls scavenging from them. Landfills...

How do birds fly?

Their specialised frame is built for flight, from their bone structure to the way they breathe (Image source: Pixabay) If there’s one thing humans tend to envy about other members of the animal kingdom,...

How limpets are underwater gardeners?

They might appear lifeless and unimportant, but limpets play a big role in their ecosystem Image source: Pixabay ‘Limpet’ is a term that’s used to describe a variety of both freshwater and marine gastropods...

Why does Africa need lions?

Meet the king of the jungle and discover how his kingdom has changed over time (Image source: Pixabay) Prowling across the African savannah, the ‘king of the jungle’ has gained a reputation as a...