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A Blue View
7:04 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Oyster Gardens - 5/19/15

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Hidden just beneath the surface of the Inner Harbor in five distinct locations is a new type of garden: an oyster garden.

These installations are the product of the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership, a collaboration between the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, local businesses and area schools.

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A Blue View
6:10 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Light Pollution - 5/12/15

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Today, little of our planet’s land is dark at night. The starry hubs of cities and ports and vein-like outgrowths of the well-lit suburbs cover the surface of the Earth. The planet may be "a pale blue dot," as Carl Sagan has said; but at night, we're bright. Too bright. 

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A Blue View
5:21 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Galapagos Marine Iguanas - 5/5/15

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You’ve probably heard of the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of 19 islands deep in the Pacific Ocean. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Galapagos are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, and a world apart from the rest of the planet.

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A Blue View
5:06 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore's Floating Islands - 4/28/15

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When Captain John Smith first explored the Patapsco River in 1608, it was ringed by natural wetlands that provided habitat to native wildlife and filtered the water. It may be hard to imagine, but before Baltimore became a thriving seaport, the Inner Harbor was likely a vibrant wetland, its surface adorned with green vegetation.

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A Blue View
7:21 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

10 Reasons to Love Manatees - 4/21/15

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Manatees made headlines this winter when a group of them, including a mother and calf, became marooned in a Florida storm drain and had to be rescued by marine biologists with backhoes and earth-moving equipment. Why such heavy machinery?

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A Blue View
7:28 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The Technology Behind Baltimore's Water Wheel - 4/14/15

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Inspired by the water mills of Baltimore’s industrial past, the Water Wheel harnesses the power of the Jones Falls River to turn the wheel and lift trash and debris in to a dumpster barge.

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A Blue View
5:16 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Floating Forests - 4/7/15

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Gardeners in Maryland know that most trees in our temperate climate don't like having wet feet. And water that's salty? Forget about it. Around here, having tree roots submerged in saltwater is guaranteed to kill off your landscaping.

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A Blue View
8:39 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Fish That Make Sound - 3/31/15

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When you think of an animal that purrs, grunts, croaks or hums, I’ll bet it’s not a fish. But, I’ll let you in on a secret: More than 150 species of fish on the East Coast of the U.S. are what scientists call “somniferous.” They make noise. Lots of it.

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A Blue View
4:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Jellies in the Chesapeake - 3/24/15

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Many residents of the Chesapeake Bay region have felt the sting of a sea nettle at least once in their life—sometimes an unfortunate consequence of the activities we enjoy on our waterways.

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A Blue View
3:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Underwater Masterpieces: Nudibranchs - 3/17/15

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What animals do you think exhibit the most kaleidoscopic variety of colors and patterns in the wildest diversity of forms in the animal kingdom? Tropical birds? Rain forest frogs? Well, move over toucans; and hop aside, poison-dart frogs. Because the prize for the most flamboyant group of animals out there has to go to the 3,000 species that make up the sub-class called nudibranchs.

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