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”

Shielding from sunlight, shadowing coral reefs

The loyal tube of sunscreen becomes your life savior at the beach on days when the sun blazes against your skin. The lotion squirmed out of the tube is as essential to you sometimes as is water to fish. This lotion, however, is an (un)necessary evil. Its inconspicuous disadvantages make it a lethal threat toContinue reading “Shielding from sunlight, shadowing coral reefs”

Besant Nagar Beach: Beach Mornings

It was around 8:00 am, the day after Christmas that I visited Besant Nagar Beach for a walk. The water was cold while the sand was humid. 26th December 2004 is remembered for the Tsunami and Ocean Earthquake that affected throngs of coastal households. What caught my attention was the beautiful Beach Morning creepers andContinue reading “Besant Nagar Beach: Beach Mornings”

“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””