< oms 10 News he First Sydney @ THOUSANDS OF SPIDERS EMERGE ESCAPING FLOODWATERS Residents across NSW are sharing terrifying images and videos of spiders trying to get to higher ground to escape the floodwaters. Melanie Williams from Macksville NSW filmed thousands of spiders crawling up her garage door. Footage and images from across the state show spiders clinging on to fences, doors seeking shelter from the floodwaters. Matt Lovenfosse snapped thousands of spiders at Kinchela Creek, NSW trying to beat the floodwaters.
World's largest iceberg disintegrates into 'alphabet soup, NASA photo shows By Brandon Specktor First Published 10 hours ago 00000 Once the size of Delaware, iceberg A- is now a broken puzzle of ice. Eleven fragments of the once-mighty iceberg A-68a swirl around South Georgia island, north of Antarctica (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory)
The ocean north of Antarctica has turned into an "alphabet soup" of broken icebergs, according to a new blog post on NASA's Earth Observatory website. In a satellite photo snapped on Feb. 11, 2021, the jagged outlines of 11 fractured icebergs swirl around a remote, penguin-filled island called South Georgia, located about 940 miles (1,500 kilometers) northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Each frozen chunk is a piece of the once-mighty iceberg A-68a, which held the title of world's largest iceberg for more than three years before Shattering into a dozen pieces a few weeks ago. Now, each broken bit of the puzzle has its own name, beginning with A-68b, and ending with A-68M. (Several of the icebergs are not visible in this photo.)
Iceberg A-68a originally broke off of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf on July 12, 2017. At the time, it measured more than 2,300 square miles (6,000 square kilometers) - large enough to hold the five boroughs of New York City five times over. Despite its impressive surface area, the berg was incredibly thin, and it began losing large chunks of ice beginning in April 2020. In late 2020, the berg appeared to be on a collision course with South Georgia island (a British overseas territory). Researchers feared that the berg would make landfall near the island, cutting off the feeding routes for thousands of seals, penguins and other animal residents of South Georgia and potentially leading to widespread famine.
BOLIVIA Fires in 2020 Protected areas and Indigenous territories Area of detail BRAZIL PARAGUAY Scott Relnhard and Black! Source: NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System data as of Oct. 12. Protected areas and indigenous territories from the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental 100 MILES information The unprecedented fires in the wetland have attracted less attention than blazes in Australia, the Western United States and the Amazon, its celebrity sibling to the north. But while the Pantanal is not a global household name, tourists in the know flock there because it is home to exceptionally high concentrations of breathtaking wildlife: Jaguars, tapirs, endangered giant otters and bright blue hyacinth macaws. Like a vast tub, the wetland Sam
empties out during the dry months. Fittingly, this rhythm has a name that evokes a beating heart: the flood pulse. The wetland, which is larger than Greece and stretches over parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, also offers unseen gifts to a vast swath of South America by regulating the water cycle upon which life depends. Its countless swamps, lagoons and tributaries purify water and help prevent floods and droughts. They also store untold amounts of carbon, helping to stabilize the climate. For centuries, ranchers have used fire to clear fields and new land. But this year, drought worsened by climate change turned the wetlands into a tinderbox and the fires raged out of control.