Planet Earth

25
Apr

Collateral Damage: Somali Pirates Create Scientific “Data Hole”

Paul Salopek, reporting for National Geographic News:

Scientists from around the globe, specializing in subjects as diverse as plate tectonics, plankton evolution, oceanography, and climate change, are decrying a growing void of research that has spread across hundreds of thousands of square miles of the Indian Ocean near the Horn of Africa—an immense, watery “data hole” swept clean of scientific research by the threat of Somali buccaneering.