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May 13, 2007
THANKS for the delightful and well-written article "Wild and Wooly Imaginations" [May 6]. Although I don't know these ladies, Diane Haithman certainly seems to have captured their uniqueness and the enthusiasm they have for crocheting. The term they use to describe their Institute for Figuring, "the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics, and the technical arts," is an intriguing and all-encompassing description. This would make a great TV show -- turning these ladies loose in these areas of thought and form.
April 19, 2014 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Along with ivory and conflict diamonds, the jewelry aficionado now has another exploited treasure from which to refrain: sea coral, which is finding itself under attack worldwide. In 2007, SeaWeb, an ocean conservation nonprofit based in Maryland, teamed up with the Tiffany & Co. Foundation for Too Precious to Wear, a campaign that advocates against using coral in jewelry, fashion and home decor. (Tiffany stopped selling coral jewelry in 2002.) "We want people to celebrate the beauty of the ocean, rather than pull life from [it]
January 30, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After six years of wrangling, Florida officials agreed to protect the fragile coral reefs in the Keys by limiting fishing and diving and keeping big ships miles away. Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and his cabinet approved a plan barring fishing in 19 critical areas. The plan would also mandate the use of mooring buoys to let boats tie up for diving without causing anchor damage, and the use of channel markers to keep boats away from the coral and fragile sea grass.
March 8, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists have made a surprising discovery in the waters off the coast of Iraq: a coral reef made up of more than half a dozen species of the marine animals. A team of divers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and the Marine Science Center at the University of Basrah in Iraq captured video footage of the murky waters where the Shatt al-Arab river flows into the northwestern portion of the Persian Gulf. (You can watch the video above.) The river carries sediment -- and frequently oil -- into that portion of the gulf, which is often churned up by strong winds and currents.
April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany will be sunk off the Florida coast near Pensacola this summer to serve as an artificial reef, the Navy announced. The 888-foot Oriskany is the first vessel in a new program designed to dispose of obsolete warships by sinking them as a cheaper alternative to the scrap yard. The ship also will serve as an underwater memorial.
September 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Marine scientists have discovered hundreds of new animal species on reefs in Australian waters, including brilliant soft corals and tiny crustaceans, according to findings released Thursday. The creatures were found during expeditions run by the Australian chapter of CReefs, a global census of coral reefs that is one of several projects of the Census of Marine Life, an international effort to catalog all life in the oceans. Among the creatures researchers found were about 130 soft corals -- also known as octocorals, for the eight tentacles that fringe each polyp -- that have never been described in scientific literature, and scores of similarly undocumented crustaceans, including tiny shrimplike animals with claws longer than their bodies.
June 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The colorful coral reefs guarding the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia have turned white in recent months in what some scientists fear is a new signal of the dangers of global warming. Up to 90% of the coral on the outer slopes of Moorea's barrier reefs have lost their color since March, said French scientist Bernard Salvat, director of the Tropical Biology Center.
Upsurges in water temperature are primarily responsible for outbreaks of bleaching in the world's coral reefs and may signal global changes from a magnified greenhouse effect, scientists said Thursday. "The first proof of global warming may well come from the bleaching of the fragile and highly sensitive coral reef system," Ernest H.
December 19, 1998
The Los Angeles City Council approved the first artificial surfing reef in the nation Friday, a joint partnership with the Chevron Corp., which severely damaged the surf when it built a jetty there in the 1980s. The California Coastal Commission approved the Chevron-funded reef in October and needed formal approval from the city since the waters of Dockweiler State Beach fall under the jurisdiction of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.
January 3, 1990 | From United Press International
Two energy companies have donated oil field equipment scraps for a program that transforms old pipe, rigs and platforms into fish habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston County officials expect to begin construction early next year on a necklace of artificial fishing reefs using 1,000 feet of 10-inch pipe dug up from a products pipeline and donated by Conoco Inc.
October 13, 2013
Thank you for Catharine Hamm's enlightening article on travel insurance ["What That Policy Covers," On the Spot, Oct. 6]. I blew out my knee's quad tendon in Dubai on the first day of a cruise tour. After having my entire leg cast locally, I tried to fly back to L.A. for immediate surgery. I had a prepaid return flight in coach, but Emirates Airlines said it couldn't accommodate me there because my leg had to be elevated and sticking straight out, and coach didn't have the room for my leg. (Of course, I'd have accepted lying across three seats, but the airline said no.)
July 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Four unarmed bombs jettisoned by U.S. fighter jets in an emergency action last week have settled in relatively shallow water 18 miles from Bell Cay in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, reportedly posing no imminent threat to navigation or the 1,200-mile-long reef that is the world's largest organic construction. But the 2,000 pounds of inert explosive devices at the edge of the World Heritage Site have upset environmentalists and guardians of marine resources who see the accident during U.S.-Australian military exercises as the latest indignity to which the reef has been subjected.
May 14, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
MASINLOC, Philippines - The fishermen were sailing the azure waters off the Philippine coast when Richard Caneda saw the morning sunlight glinting off a vessel "bigger than the biggest ship in the Philippine navy. " Caneda could see a red Chinese flag. The words "Chinese Maritime Surveillance" were written on the ship's side. The ship came close enough that Caneda could see crew members on deck making hand gestures as though to shoo away a fly. Caneda, who had moved from the fishing boat to a tiny skiff to haul in nets left out overnight, soon saw a large gun mounted on the ship's deck pivoting directly toward him. A helicopter whirred overhead.
May 6, 2013 | By Chelsea Kahn
In recent years, the Indo-Pacific lionfish - a dramatically striped, finned and armored aquarium fish - has invaded Atlantic and Caribbean coral reefs. It has been spotted off the Southeastern United States, throughout the Caribbean Sea, in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's now eating its way toward South America. What's to blame for this invasion? Most likely aquarium releases beginning in the early 1980s. And once introduced, lionfish took off. The fish has no known predator in the Atlantic.
March 10, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands - Sixty feet below the surface of the aquamarine western Atlantic, my 12-year-old daughter, Maddie, glided gently along the reef, her arms crossed in Buddha-like meditation. To the left, where the sea dropped off hundreds of feet, a black-tipped shark cruised ominously in the distance. A curious parrot fish, a school of yellow-striped grunts and a bug-eyed squirrel fish swam an arm's length away, perhaps hoping for a handout from our group of six divers and our guide.
January 5, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The ghosts of Christmas past can be found in some unusual places. The bottom of Lake Havasu, for instance. There, thousands of Christmas trees sunk by wildlife biologists have found a second life as fish habitat in an ecosystem damaged by the damming of the Colorado River decades ago. What nature once provided - a steady source of organic material such as brush and uprooted trees - disappeared when the once wild and muddy river was tamed....
It seemed like a novel but environmentally correct way to dispose of hundreds of old automobile tires: just lay them on the ocean bottom off Balboa Pier as the foundation for a brave new marine world. Add a hundred long pieces of plastic piping and you have what is supposed to be a laboratory to foster underwater life.
April 12, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE
Nine years after he created an artificial reef off the Balboa Peninsula out of 1,500 tires, the Coastal Commission has denied a French aquaculturalist the permit for the project he should have applied for. "The commission found the development to be inconsistent with the resource protection policies of the coastal act," said Chris Kern, a program analyst for the Coastal Commission, which took the action at its meeting this week in Huntington Beach.
November 27, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
HANALEI, Hawaii - When compiling a list of places that may be described as paradise, Hanalei Bay on the rugged north shore of the island of Kauai surely qualifies. The perfect crescent bay, rimmed by palm trees, emerald cliffs and stretches of white sand, has always had a dreamy kind of appeal. It was on these shores that sailors in the movie "South Pacific" sang of the exotic but unattainable "Bali Ha'i. " The problem is what lies below the surface of the area's shimmering blue waters.
October 2, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
The coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef is rapidly disappearing due to a host of factors -- all of which are influenced by humans, according to a new study. The report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracksĀ coral cover over the last 27 years and finds levels have fallen by nearly 50%. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most beloved natural attractions because of its remarkable array of sea life. But, according to researchers, a trio of factors has conspired to degrade the reef: tropical cyclones, attacks from the coral predator the crown-of-thorns starfish, and rising water temperatures.
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