Since measurements began in Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay. The advance runs counter to so many thinning and retreating glaciers nearby in Alaska and around the world.
This U.S. Naval Research Laboratory satelllite image Wednesday shows Supertyphoon Vongfong in the Western Pacific Ocean. The most powerful storm of 2014 was swirling toward Japan. Its eye was around 600 miles (965 km) south-southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, moving west-northwest at about 8 mph (12.8 kmh). Its maximum sustained winds were estimated at 165 mph (265.5 kmh). | AFP-JIJI
The Liancourt Rocks, known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도, literally "solitary island") in Korean and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally "bamboo island") in Japanese, are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Sovereignty over the islets is disputed between Japan and South Korea. South Korea classifies the islets as Dokdo-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province. Japan classifies them as part of Okinoshima, Oki District, Shimane Prefecture.