Over the last 20 year, more than two billion people have been affected by flooding disasters, according to an article from the United Kingdom's Channel 4 News. Those affected by floods comprise not only people living in urban areas, but also farmers whose livelihood depend on understanding weather patterns, which are becoming more unpredictable. Rain gauges, ranging from simple water-collecting devices to more complex optical detectors, play an important role in managing and preventing flooding disasters when precipitation levels rise.
The New York Times estimates that there are approximately 700,000 home saltwater aquariums in the United States. When maintained responsibly with specimens obtained from ethical vendors, aquariums can be a great way to learn more about the biodiversity of our planet. Long-time fish owners understand the special wonder of bringing the ocean into their home, and those building an aquarium for the first time are sure to quickly become enchanted with their watery pets.