"Winds. Mating swarms of krill at the surface may have been pushed ashore by strong storm winds.
"Low-oxygen waters may have contributed to the mortality event by driving masses of krill to shallower-than-normal waters, where oxygen levels are higher, but the animals are also more vulnerable to wind-driven currents.
"A krill pathogen or parasite could have played some role. Some krill have washed up alive, and there have been many reports of surprisingly little predation by birds."
"All the gold in the cosmos may have come from stellar cataclysms -- the collision of two neutron stars, which sends bursts of particles and radiation into the universe."The research was conducted by a team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, led by Edo Berger.
On its face this would seem to be a "win" -- albeit a messy one -- for die-hard rail boosters, who viewed Stillman's support of environmental causes and rails with trails as a deviation from scripture. Her May appointment to the NCRA board had been called into question by Eureka attorney Bill Bertain, who argued that a procedural technicality had rendered the move invalid.
She doesn't even have a name yet, but she's already been on television. The closed-circuit cameras and monitors are up and running at the Sequoia Park Zoo, so zoo visitors can see inside the den of the new red panda cub. The four-week old cub is healthy and growing steadily.
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Eureka-Arcata trail advocates may soon have a new ally in Caltrans, after the Coastal Commission dealt a blow to Caltrans’ safety corridor plans in a report the commission released at the end of June.
Caltrans’ preferred plan (it has come up with six alternatives) included an interchange at Indianola Cutoff, a signal at northbound Airport Road and closure of other median crossings on the highway. The project requires Coastal Commission review.
In the report, Coastal Commission staff recommended against the project, saying Caltrans did not prepare sufficient mitigation for 10 acres of wetlands that would be filled by the Indianola Interchange.
The plan doesn’t address statewide coastal trail goals either, according to the report, and could make bicycling on the corridor more dangerous as speeds are expected to increase with the development of an overpass. “A coastal trail may eventually be implemented on the parallel rail line corridor, but the implementation and timing of such an alternative trail remains speculative,” the report reads. The report calls for three provisions to Caltrans’ plan:
1. Replace the Indianola interchange with a traffic signal, in a manner minimizing wetland impacts to the degree possible.
2. Provide for a separated bicycle/pedestrian corridor on one or both sides of the highway along the entire corridor.
3. Provide wetland mitigations.
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