Tides – Peculiarities & Significances

by Goutham Krishna Tides are the long shallow-water waves generally found in the ocean and sea by the gravitational attraction of the moon, rotation of Earth and to a relatively lesser extent by the gravitational attraction of the sun. The imbalance between Earth’s centripetal force and the above-mentioned gravitational forces acting on Earth’s surface createsContinue reading “Tides – Peculiarities & Significances”

Coral Reefs of India

by Goutham Krishna Coral reefs are a unique underwater ecosystem composed of reef-building coral species. Coral reefs are considered the most diverse and rich marine ecosystem on the planet, hosting about 25% of all marine species within an area less than 0.1% of the world oceans. Due to this peculiarity of the coral reef ecosystem,Continue reading “Coral Reefs of India”

Occurrence of Tropical Cyclones in the Indian Coast

by Goutham Krishna Tropical cyclones can be defined as rapid rotating storms originating over warm tropical and subtropical oceans, with a low-pressure centre and the presence of spiralling clouds in the surroundings. They are one of the most devastating natural hazards that can cause immense damage once it makes landfall. The Arabian Sea and BayContinue reading “Occurrence of Tropical Cyclones in the Indian Coast”

Estuaries of Kerala: an overview

by Goutham K Estuaries can be defined as partially enclosed bodies of water found in the coastal areas, where the freshwater from rivers, lakes or streams mixes with the saline water from the ocean.  Brackish water formed by the mixing of saline and freshwater is a peculiarity of estuaries.  Estuaries are delicate ecosystems where diverseContinue reading “Estuaries of Kerala: an overview”

“Treasure-houses of marine life”

by Abitha Begam Have you ever heard of marine life sanctuaries? I know we are quite familiar with bird sanctuaries, but what is these marine life sanctuaries? Marine life sanctuaries are places that come under protected areas where the intervention of humans is restricted. They are completely secured by the Government and its regulations. IndiaContinue reading ““Treasure-houses of marine life””

Agatti Island of Lakshadweep Atolls: Coral Reef Bleaching

by Rohan Nath Introduction  Coral reefs support approximately 0.5 million species worldwide and are considered to be the  most diverse marine habitat. The annual growth of corals is based on environmental  conditions and are severely slow with a growth of only a few mm to 5 cm per year. Natural  and anthropogenic disturbances can influenceContinue reading “Agatti Island of Lakshadweep Atolls: Coral Reef Bleaching”

Olive Ridley Turtles: Conservation of Nesting Sites along the Coast of Odisha

By Rohan Nath Introduction The well-being of a seabeach decides the population of sea turtles residing on them. Sea turtles are highly dependent on land for the reproduction phase of their life. Even though predation of both hatchlings and adults by whales, sharks, large fishes and saltwater crocodiles, play a role in their mortality, theContinue reading “Olive Ridley Turtles: Conservation of Nesting Sites along the Coast of Odisha”