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Tsunami, Out of the Blue

It's no ordinary day at the beach when ocean water suddenly pulls out to sea, leaving flopping fish and stranded boats along the shore. When a huge wave hits just moments later, plowing over small buildings and everything in its path, that's not business as usual either.
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Currents: Water on the Move

Did you know there are rivers that flow through the world's oceans? And that they are more important in shaping our environment than the major rivers on land? These mighty bodies of moving water are called currents.
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California is famous for towering mountains, awesome deserts, and hundreds of miles of scenic coastline. But one part of its geography doesn't appeal to tourists or please residents. California is earthquake country!
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Giant Kelp Part One: Fabulous Forests in a Watery World

A short distance from Scripps Institution is a vast forest that is home to hundreds of species of living things. Its most well-known inhabitants are almost as tall as skyscrapers. Yet most people who live near Scripps have never visited this forest. Surprising? Not really, because it is beneath the ocean.
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Giant Kelp Part Two: Cities for Sea Creatures

Grab a mask, fins, and snorkel, and go explore the giant kelp forests growing in the ocean along California’s coast.
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Plate Tectonics: Earth Like a Puzzle

Most people know that Earth is moving around the Sun and that it is constantly spinning. But did you know that the continents and oceans are moving across the surface of the planet? Volcanoes and earthquakes as well as mountain ranges and islands all are results of this movement.
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FLIP! The Scripps Ship that Flips!

FLIP: The World's Strangest Research Lab
Doors in the floor, portholes in the ceiling, tables bolted sideways to walls, stairs leading to nowhere! What kind of a research lab is this?
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Nudibranchs: Beautiful But Deadly!

People who say this don't mean that if you eat a carrot, you will have carrots growing out of your skin. But the little creatures called nudibranchs seem to have taken the expression seriously. When a nudibranch eats a poisonous sponge or a mouthful of sea anemone stingers, something quite like this does happen. Instead of getting sick or dying, the nudibranch safely stores these poisons in its own body. Then if another animal tries to eat the nudibranch, that animal will get a mouthful of sponge poison or anemone stingers.
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