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Mt. Etna

ETNA ERUPTS  This Italian volcano (shown here in 2013) erupted in 44 B.C., likely reducing monsoon rains that fed into the Nile River and ultimately fueling civic unrest in Ptolemaic Egypt.

sea slugs

HITCHHIKERS  These marine sea slugs stowed away on a derelict vessel from Iwate Prefecture in Japan before being washed ashore in Oregon in April 2015. 

RRS James Clark Ross

ICY VOYAGE  In February, an expedition led by the British Antarctic Survey will journey to Antarctica on the RRS James Clark Ross (shown here during the Antarctic summer of 2010‒2011) to study a mysterious ecosystem exposed in July by the calving of the Larsen C iceberg.

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