Tagged: Earth

The city where everyone wears a gas mask (7 pictures)

Miyakejima, a small island located in southeast Japan. Despite the high level of volcanic activity that causes poisonous gas to leak from the earth that forced the 3,600 island residents to evacuate in 2000.

In 2005 citizens were allowed to return to their homes. About 2,800 chose to return, laden with gas masks and dire warnings about noxious gas still seeping through the land.

Extrasolar Super-Earth Gliese 1214b Might Hold Water

Recent observations from the Subaru telescope in Hawaii found very little scattering of blue light from the parent star by the planet. This appearsmost consistent with a planet that has a watery atmosphere — although it is still possible that the super-Earth has clouds so thick that little of any color of light was scattered.