Ocean - page 5

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Researchers recover sensor from Antarctic waters having critical data on Ocean acidification

Earlier this month, National Science Foundation's research team successfully retrieved data from a sensor (SeaFET) they had deployed in Antarctic waters at the end of previous research season. It will provide critical baseline data on the changes in chemistry or

October 19, 2012

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Underwater forest off the coast of Alabama

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina generated massive waves uncovering an underwater cypress forest. 10 miles off the coast of Alabama a fisherman having great success shortly after the storm requested his friend take his diving gear to the bottom and see what lay

October 05, 2012

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NSF issues grant worth $12 million for research on Ocean acidification

Ocean acidification is a major threat to our marine ecosystems. Provided carbon dioxide levels have considerably risen in the atmosphere, scientists suggest oceans are now acidifying at a rate faster than anytime during past 300 million years. In an attempt to

October 05, 2012

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Planet Earth supports one-third less life than previously thought

New study show that the living biomass on Earth is much lower than previously thought. Scientist estimate Earth’s total number of microbes and total living biomass to be, respectively, 50–78% and 10–45% lower than previous estimates. Biomass is the mass of

August 29, 2012

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Sealife faces risk of large-scale extinctions

Global warming and acidification of the oceans are associated with three of five largest planetary extinction events of the past 500 million years. Loss of oxygen  in seawater, pollution, loss of animal's  habitat, overfishing and overhunting are to blame for ongoing

August 26, 2012

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Sea of Azov turned bloody red

Scientists and citizens are baffled as the waters of the Azov Sea turned bloody red close to Berdyansk village in mid-July, according to an article published online by EnglishRussia. Villagers immediately suspected the great pollution from nearby factories. And...

July 29, 2012

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Stinky red seaweed invades New England beaches in US

An awful odor of a foreign invasive red seaweed is smelling from Long Island Sound to the southern Gulf of Maine, US. A red seaweed originating from Japan is invading New England beaches. Scientists fear the seaweed could harm the coastal ecosystem by growing over

July 11, 2012

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Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

New study by a researcher at the University of British Columbia found that plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea. The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin,

July 09, 2012

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High levels of lead from gasoline found in Indian Ocean

Despite the fact that leaded gasoline having been slowly phased out worldwide, researchers say they have discovered high concentrations of lead in the Indian Ocean. Since the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out worldwide, as studies have shown that lead

July 07, 2012

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Continuing deep ocean changes - Earth's water cycle intensifying with atmospheric warming

New research by teams of Australian and US scientists has found there has been a massive reduction in the amount of Antarctic Bottom Water found off the coast of Antarctica. Salinity shifts in the ocean confirm climate and the global water cycle have changed. In a

May 26, 2012

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Mariana Trench mapped - New view of the deepest trench

Scientists have a new map of the deepest trench in the world’s deepest ocean. Researchers at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) have pierced the lightless depths of the western Pacific...

April 17, 2012

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"Perpetual Ocean" - Ocean currents around the world

The surface currents in this recently released video (bellow) of data collected between June 2005 and December 2007 show dominating forces that are continually in motion around our planet. Seeing the activity of the video with the eddies spinning off of their main

March 28, 2012

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Hydrogen sulfide emissions off Namibia coast

Namibian coast was tinted with pale green water in late February 2012. The Namibian Coast has the most intense upwelling of fertile deep-ocean water in the world. Hydrogen sulfide gas is emitted periodically along Namibian coast due ocean currents that carry

March 04, 2012

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Big ocean fish in peril - decrease in fish population

Over-exploitation of the world’s fish resources has caused serious decline in fish populations, and there is widespread concern that the world oceans will be unable to supply fish products for future generations. Given the importance of marine fisheries for food

February 26, 2012

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Eddies - huge masses of water spinning in a whirlpool pattern

The ocean has storms and weather that rival the size and scale of tropical cyclones. These storm are better known as eddies. They are huge masses of water spinning in a whirlpool pattern—either clockwise or counterclockwise—and they can stretch for hundreds of

February 12, 2012

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Misterious creatures washed up on Wellington beach in Lyall Bay, New Zealand

Thousands of the tiny creatures were spotted washed up Thursday afternoon on beach in Lyall Bay in New Zealand. Puzzled expert are trying to identify misterious creatures with black eyes and little legs. They guess that it could be from deeper water as they were

November 05, 2011

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Seaweed moves south as ocean warms

A new study by marine ecologist Dr Thomas Wernberg, of the University of Western Australia and colleagues reveals that swathes of Australia's seaweed are shifting south to escape warming oceans, and many risk going extinct.  Their findings are published in Current

October 30, 2011