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The Salzkammergut, a resort area located in Upper Austria, is one of the most important tourist areas in Austria and is located on the northern edge of the Alps. Characterized by the mountains of the northern Alps, it is a worthwhile destination for climbers and hikers in summer, and in winter the hotspot for many skiing enthusiasts.
Blue sharks use large, swirling ocean currents – called eddies - to accelerate their way into the depths and feed themselves in the oceanic twilight zone. A layer of the ocean that lies between 200 and 1,000 meters deep and contains the most significant fish biomass on earth.
It is for a good reason that North Sulawesi is on most divers’ bucket list: The unsurpassed biodiversity of the coral triangle can be enjoyed on all dives, be it along the walls of the Bunaken Nation Park, which are overgrown with corals and sponges and where many turtles roam amongst the schools of colourful fish, be it on sandy muck dives, where divers can find the most exotic and strange creatures – there are just no boring dives in this part of the world!
Corals have been master builders of the seas for millions of years. With their limestone skeletons, they create diverse reef structures. It is well known that ocean acidification, which is increasing as climate change progresses, is increasingly affecting coral growth. The question of whether and how corals can adapt to the changes has now been answered in part by scientists, who have gained important further insights into the regulation processes of calcification.
The colours are environmentally friendly, the canvases waterproof. A requirement, because Olga Nikitina immerses in the most real sense of the word in a sea of colours and shapes. It's early in the morning when the Russian-born woman shoulders her equipment and sets off for the beach: Olga studied art design with a focus on painting. Since 2008, the 37-year-old active diver joins both vocations, because with the diving instructor license, she has decided to introduce interested people to the underwater world.
An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) called REMUS SharkCam was first used in the UK to observe the behaviour of giant sharks in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.
The planned large-scale mining of manganese nodules in the deep sea threatens to destroy unique marine ecosystems and extinguish entire species. Countries such as China, Korea, Britain, France, Russia and Germany are planning to enter the mining industry on the seabed to gain access to coveted metals and rare earth elements.
The deep crystal-clear waters off Malin Head in Ireland were once a navigation route for wartime convoys and after two World Wars the seabed is now a graveyard for super-size wrecks. In the third of four mini-stories we look at the transatlantic ocean liner, SS Justicia which at 32,234 tons was the second largest ship sunk the First World War.
The World Conservation Organization (IUCN) published an update of the Red List of Endangered Species on 18 July 2019. The Scaly-foot snail was classified as threatened, a unique species with a „unique construction“ with three layers. The foot is also very unusual as it is armoured with iron-mineralised sclerites at the sides. The snail is found only in hydrothermal springs in the Indian Ocean.