The Sonic Pulse of the Ocean

“You need to know what the habitat sounds like when it’s healthy. When the soundscape has changed, the habitat may have changed, too,” Chong Chen, a deep-sea biologist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, tells The New York Times. This statement informs a burgeoning field of aquatic research wherein acousticians catalogue deep-sea soundscapes in order to understand and track issues in various …

Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Immense Free Image Archive

A collection of images, diagrams, sketches and research surveys believed to be “the world’s largest open access digital archive dedicated to life on Earth,” the Biodiversity Heritage Library is comprised of over 55 million pages of literature. The library (with ephemera dating back to the 15th century) has made over 150,000 illustrations from their collection available for free, high-resolution download. There are also a number …

Papua New Guinea’s Lake Murray Lodge

The new-this-year hotel offers a very special experience in a remote location

by Jenny Miller Papua New Guinea’s Lake Murray Lodge—the newest property from PNG’s best-established tour operator and hotel group, Trans Niugini Tours—opened earlier this year and is located along the banks of the country’s largest lake. Its opening marked the advent of tourism in a new part of the Western Province; one of the most biodiverse regions of an extraordinarily biodiverse country. This makes the …