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These seismometers measure and record the quietest vibrations of Earth. What is a tsunami? ” It is a huge volume of moving seawater—kind of like a giant wave—that can travel for thousands of miles across the sea and then approach the shoreline with the strength to destroy buildings, trees, wildlife, and people. Tsunamis can be triggered by an undersea earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. The most frequent tsunami-maker is an undersea earthquake, which buckles the seafloor and displaces large volumes of seawater, creating a tsunami.
What are coral reefs? Tropical coral reefs are ridgelike or moundlike structures composed of corals and other aquatic organisms. They border the shorelines of more than 100 countries. 5 percent of the ocean floor, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them—they are home to approximately 4,000 species of fish alone. Reefs protect human populations along coastlines from wave and storm damage by serving as buffers between oceans and near-shore communities.
Other astronauts have enjoyed corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs, graham crackers, and Life Savers. At Mir station in 1988, French cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chretien treated fellow cosmonauts to 23 gourmet foods from a French chef, including compote of pigeon with dates and dried raisins, duck with artichokes, oxtail fondue with tomatoes and pickles, and beef bourguignon. Now that’s fine dining! Y OUTER SPACE Can astronauts drink soda in space? S. astronauts have walked on the Moon? Twelve astronauts have walked on the Moon, all via Apollo lunar aircrafts.