For the first time, scientists have witnessed the birth of atmospheric ice clouds, and they did not need to be aboard a plane to watch the formation.
A perfectly cylindrical cloud was reportedly found in the skies of Japan just last week. As news of it spread all over the internet, people were curious about this unbelievable phenomenon. Some netizens were quick to point that there is nothing special about the cloud found, but many still believe that the event is a manifestation that aliens may be among us.
Bird droppings may help keep Arctic temperatures cool. According to one study, ammonia-rich bird droppings have a cooling effect on Arctic temperatures.
Following the major eruption of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, researchers have shown how sulfur aerosols emitted into the atmosphere impact cloud formation by creating creating smaller water droplets that reflect more light.
Researchers recently discovered that some phytoplankton species cause ice formation in clouds over arctic or remote oceans. The organic waste from this ocean plant life is ejected into the atmosphere via sea spray from breaking waves.
Crocodiles roamed areas of Wyoming and Canada 50 million years ago, enjoying the temperate climates. But since these areas are so far from ocean warming effects, scientists wondered how they remained habitable for large aquatic reptiles.