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The World's First Underwater Post Office

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The World's First Underwater Post Office

Vira Timbaci’s post office job is similar to that of many postal workers around the world, except for one minor detail: one of the mailboxes he manages is underwater. Located about 160 feet off the coast of Vanuatu, an island nation situated about 1,000 miles east of northern Australia, sits the Vanuatu Post’s underwater post office. The mailbox and converted fiberglass water tank are submerged ten feet beneath the surface of Mele Bay, a body of water that feeds into the South Pacific Ocean. Devised over drinks by the local postmaster and a resort owner, it opened in 2003 as...

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Giant Sinkhole At Florida Plant Leaks Polluted Water Into State Aquifer

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Giant Sinkhole At Florida Plant Leaks Polluted Water Into State Aquifer

Water containing low-level radiation and other pollutants has poured into Florida's primary drinking water aquifer through a gaping sinkhole 45 feet wide. It happened at a plant owned by fertilizer giant Mosaic in central Florida's rural Polk County, Robin Sussingham of member station WUSF reports. Last month, the sinkhole opened up at the plant under a gypsum stack — a pile of hazardous waste — as the Tampa Bay Times reported: It drained millions of gallons of acidic water laced with sulfate and sodium from a pool atop a 120-food gypsum stack. An unknown amount of gypsum, a fertilizer byproduct...

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Sunken UFO Creates Electrical Anomaly, Disables All Nearby Devices

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Sunken UFO Creates Electrical Anomaly, Disables All Nearby Devices

In the summer of 2011, researchers uncovered a very large and unusual object deep in the Baltic Sea. The artifact’s shape is almost perfectly oval and it totals 60 meters in diameter. The first odd thing you can notice even from afar is that a still visible trail leads to the huge structure, which means it wasn’t there when the region wasn’t covered in water (millions of years ago) and it didn’t sink there either (if a vessel could even carry such a thing). Ocean X, a private firm which works in the field of ocean exploring and treasure hunting,...

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Great Barrier Reef Undergoing a 'Complete Ecosystem Collapse,' Scientists Say

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Great Barrier Reef Undergoing a 'Complete Ecosystem Collapse,' Scientists Say

Depleting fish populations and corals that are still bleaching in the winter paint a bleak picture for parts of the Great Barrier Reef, which is undergoing a “complete ecosystem collapse,” scientists say. For a week, Coral Watch chief investigator Justin Marshall surveyed the reefs around Lizard Island in Queensland, according to the Guardian. He said many of the fish species commonly spotted around the coral had completely disappeared. “The lack of fish was the most shocking thing,” Marshall told the Guardian. “In broad terms, I was seeing a lot less than 50 percent of what was there . Some species...

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Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating

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Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating

Florida’s coral reef, the only tropical reef in the continental United States, is disintegrating faster than scientists predicted and in a way that will accelerate as the oceans become more acidic, according to new research published Monday. University of Miami scientists called the collapse of the reef’s limestone framework, a critical habitat for fish, “unprecedented” and “cause for alarm.” “Lots of scientists think that ocean acidification is not going to be a problem until 2050 or 2060,” says Chris Langdon, a marine biology professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “This is happening now....

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