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AZORES, the forgotten Galapagos of the Atlantic

by Alice Soccodato PhD

Principal Photographer – Michael AW


Many know of the illustrative Galapagos islands, a hot spot of biodiversity and endemicity in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Charles Darwin elaborated the theory of evolution based on the seven finches and 14 tortoise species of the Galapagos’ 14 islands. But few know about the Azores, which is equally remote and biologically rich like Galapagos, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Revival of the Southern Right Whales

Text and images by Clark Miller and Adriana Basques

Less than a century has passed since the journey of Southern Right whales from Antarctica to South America was cut short by the whaling industry. Each subsequent year saw fewer and fewer whales arriving back from the Southern Oceans to the matting grounds of Peninsula Valdez in Argentina to give birth to their young and mate before returning south again


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The Eastern Australian Current

by Sheree Marris

The East Australian Current (EAC) runs north to south from the top end of the Great Barrier Reef to the southern reaches of Tasmania. A staggering 100 kilometres wide and running over 500 metres into the dark depths of the ocean, the EAC spans the length of the east coast of Australia measuring around 4,000 kilometres.

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Blue Carbon - Our planets largest carbon sink

by Alex Rose & Michael AW

The nature of the Blue Carbon Ecosystem has led to a rich, varied and cross-disciplinary research that spans biophysical sciences, conservation, economics, policy and law, leading to unprecedented levels of collaboration among contributors in different disciplines, institutions and governments geared toward conserving and restoring coastal ecosystems to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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Antarctica is Melting

by Alex Rose & Michael AW

In this time of climate crisis, Antarctica is the big icy elephant in the room: often overlooked, but far too large to ignore.  We are already seeing signs of trouble. Scientists have long known that the Antarctic ice sheet has physical tipping points, beyond which ice loss can accelerate out of control.

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