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Typhoon Phanfone batters Philippines

Typhoon Phanfone batters the Philippines Syllabus subtopic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.   Prelims and Mains focus: About typhoon Phanfone; about tropical cyclones and their types   News: Typhoon Phanfone pummelled the central Ph

Cyclone Sarai batters Fiji

Cyclone Sarai batters Fiji Syllabus subtopic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.   Prelims and Mains focus: about cyclone Sarai; tropical cyclones: types and formation; India-Fiji relations   News: Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 2) w

6th International Conference on Climate Services

6th International Conference on Climate Services Syllabus subtopic: Salient features of World’s Physical Geography. Prelims and Mains focus: about the conference and its objectives; about the new forecast system by India and its significance News: The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), under the auspices of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India, is hosting the 6th International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS6) in Pune, India from February 11

What is Christmas Star?

What is a Christmas Star? After nearly 400 years, Saturn and Jupiter will be brought closest in the night sky by an astronomical event called the “great conjunction” popularly referred to as the “Christmas Star”. A conjunction is a name given to any event where planets or asteroids appear to be very close together in the sky when viewed from the Earth. Astronomers use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of the two biggest planets in the solar sys

Suez Canal Lakes

Suez Canal Lakes Due to the blockage of the Suez Canal, the $200 billion of India’s trade flows with Europe, North America and South America is at risk. So, the Department of Commerce has worked out an action plan to cope with the crisis, including possibly re-routing shipments through the Cape of Good Hope (Re-routing may take 15 additional days.) More details on SUEZ CANNEL: https://www.aspireias.com/daily-news-analysis-current-affairs/Suez-Canal-crisis-Past-to-Present MAPPING

Everything about: Arctic

Everything about: the Arctic Arctic mapping Read all this from Orient Longman Blackswan Atlas as Ankit Sir teaches in his Mapping classes. Barent (Kola penin), Kara (Yamal penin), Laptev (Taymyr penin), Eastern Siberian (Kolyma lowland), Chukchi, Beaufort sea (USA, Canada), Gulf of Boothia, Baffin Bay. Lincoln sea is between Denmark and the Arctic. Gunnbjorn Mt is in Denmark. The Denmark Strait is between Greenland (Denmark) and Iceland. Greenland is between the Den

Everything about: Antarctic

Everything about: the Antarctic Antarctic mapping Read all this from Orient Longman Blackswan Atlas as Ankit Sir teaches in his Mapping classes. Antarctic = Ross Sea, Amundsen Sea, Bellingshausen Sea, Drake Passage, Weddel Sea. Drake Passage/ Antarctic Peninsula is between the Bellingshausen Sea and Weddel Sea. Winson Massif (Ellsworth Mountains) is the highest peak in Antarctica. Bharati, Maitri, and Dakshin Gangotri are in the Antarctic. Lambert glacier is here. Himad

World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica A huge ice block has broken off from western Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg in the world and earning the name A-76. It is the latest in a series of large ice blocks to dislodge in a region acutely vulnerable to climate change, although scientists said in this case it appeared to be part of a natural polar cycle. Slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca, A-76 had been monitored by scientist

Militarisation of the Arctic

Militarisation of the Arctic The Biden administration is leading a campaign against Russian attempts to assert authority over Arctic shipping and reintroduce a military dimension to discussions over international activity in the area. As Russia assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Thursday, the U.S. rallied members to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules in the Northern Sea Route, which runs from Norway to Alaska, and its desire to resume military talks

DBT MOES Polar Research Centre

DBT MOES Polar Research Centre Department of Biotechnology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) With the Ministry of Earth Sciences To Set up the DBT MOES Polar Research Centre The POLAR region encompassing the Antarctic, Arctic, Southern Ocean and the Himalayas is a unique ecosystem offers a huge amount of interest due to its extreme climate compare to the rest of the world. Although researchers across the globe have contributed to different areas of research, the POLAR region

World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica A huge ice block has broken off from western Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg in the world and earning the name A-76. It is the latest in a series of large ice blocks to dislodge in a region acutely vulnerable to climate change, although scientists said in this case it appeared to be part of a natural polar cycle. Slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca, A-76 had been monitored by scientist

Atmospheric Rivers

Atmospheric Rivers Since late December 2022, 11 atmospheric rivers have pounded California, making it an unusually wet winter. About atmospheric rivers The Long, slender bands of moisture in the air that travel from the tropics to higher latitudes are known as atmospheric rivers. When the moisture goes inland from the ocean and climbs over the mountains, it produces rain and snowfall. Despite the fact that many fire-weary Westerners anticipate these downpours, atmospheric rivers ca

Ice Melt in West Antarctica

A new study has pointed out that rapid melting of West Antarctica’s ice sheet due to warm waters around it, is now unavoidable, no matter how much carbon emissions are cut. It is the fifth-largest continent. It is larger than Europe and is twice the size of Australia. The continent is a high plateau that is frozen throughout the year. There is no coastal plain. There are mountain ranges, peaks, a rift valley, and volcanoes. Two broad inlets

International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The 59th International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) was held at Pattaya, Thailand in 2023. ITTC – It is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) which meets once a year. Objectives – To promote sustainable tropical forest management and the trade of sustainably produced tropical timber. To develop forest-related policies and approve and finance field-level projects. Membership &nda

Ben Gurion Canal Project

It is a proposed canal through Israel that would connect the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea) to the Mediterranean Sea. It was named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and 1st Prime Minister. The project was envisioned in the 1960s to create an alternative route to the Suez Canal and challenge Egypt's monopoly on the shortest trade route between Europe and Asia.

Second Thomas Shoal

2nd Thomas Shoal is a submerged reef in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea. The shoal is located 105 nautical miles west of Palawan, Philippines and lies within Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The shoal is a disputed territory and is claimed by China, the Philippines, Taiwan (ROC) and Vietnam.

Geograpy of Liberia

Joseph Boakai was recently declared winner of Liberia's presidential election, beating incumbent George Weah. Liberia is a country in West Africa sharing its borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ivory Coast to the northwest, north, and east respectively. The Atlantic Ocean borders Liberia to the south-southwest.

Location of Ecuador

Daniel Noboa sworn in as Ecuador's President recently. Ecuador is a country in South America that's named after the equator, which splits the country in two. Capital – Quito. It's bordered by Colombia in north, Peru in east and south and in west by Pacific Ocean. It is home to Amazon rainforest, Andean paramos, Cloud forests, Galápagos Islands.

Thitu Islands & Subi Reef

The Philippines opened a coast guard base on the contested island of Thitu, South China Sea recently. Thitu Island - Thitu Island is a rock located in the Spratly Islands. The Philippines first took possession of the feature in 1974. Subi Reef – It is a low-tide elevation in the Spratly Islands. It is located in the South China Sea and it was possessed by China in 1988.

Julian Felipe Reef

Julian Felipe Reef is a reef in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea. It lies in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Philippines. It's also known as Whitsun Reef, Whitson Reef, and Whitsum Reef. It's the largest reef in the Union Banks.

Red Sea

The Red Sea is a narrow inland sea between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and most heavily travelled waterways between Europe and Asia. It is connected to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to the south through the Gulf of Aden and the narrow strait of Bab el Mandeb. The northern portion of the Red Sea is bifurcated by the Sinai Peninsula into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez, where it is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the famous Suez Canal. It's one of t

Taiwan Strait

The Taiwan Strait is also known as the Formosa Strait that separates mainland China and the island of Taiwan. The strait is part of the South China Sea and connects to the East China Sea to the north. The strait is an arm of the Pacific Ocean and extends from southwest to northeast.

Red Sea & Bab-el-Mandeb

Houthi attacks on tankers passing through the Bab-el-Mandeb has disrupted one of the busiest global shipping lanes, dragging the U.S. deeper into the conflict. Red Sea – A narrow strip of water extending for about 1,200 miles. Geography – It extends between the Mediterranean Sea, to the north-west, and the Indian Ocean, to the south-east. In north, it separates into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez and in south, it is connected to the&

International canal

Panama Canal Two important shipping routes the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal are facing blockages. It is a lock-type canal, owned and administered by the Republic of Panama. Lock-type canal is a system in which an enclosure or basin located in the course of a canal or a river (or in the vicinity of a dock) with gates at each end, within which the water level may be varied to raise or lower boats. The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow I

Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is the world's largest inland body of water, located between Asia and Europe, and is shared by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. The Caspian Sea is a landlocked sea and is also known as the Mazandaran Sea. It lies to the east of the Caucasus Mountains and to the west of the vast steppe of Central Asia. Baku is the largest port on the Caspian Sea and the largest capital city on the southern shore of the Abshe

Black Sea

The Black Sea also known as the Euxine Sea is a large inland sea located at the southeastern tip of Europe. The Black Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The Black Sea is bordered by Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania. It is the world's largest meromictic basin, meaning that the upper and lower layers of water exchange very little.

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01 Feb,2024
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