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Researchers found giant amoebas near Mariana Trench, deepest place on Earth

Giant amoebas have been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest region on Earth.During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific Ocean's deepest spot, researchers with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and National Geographic engineers deployed dropcams,

October 22, 2011

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Japan tsunami debris on course to hit US

Debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has turned up exactly where scientists predicted it would after months of floating across the Pacific Ocean. Finding and confirming where the debris ended up gives them a better idea of where it's headed

October 17, 2011

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New map shows saltiness of Earth's oceans

A NASA-built instrument aboard an international satellite has made its first global map of the saltiness of Earth's seas, just three months after the high-tech sensor rocketed into orbit.On the colorful map, yellow and red represent areas of higher salinity (or salt

September 23, 2011

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Bermuda Triangle to become humpback whale sanctuary

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced a letter of intent signed by the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection to establish a sister sanctuary to NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for the gentle

September 04, 2011

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First satellite ocean salt measurements

NASA's Aquarius instrument has successfully completed its commissioning phase and is now "tasting" the saltiness of Earth's ocean surface, making measurements from its perch in near-polar orbit.Scientists from around the world are ready and waiting to study this

September 04, 2011

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Oil Still Gushing From BP Well In Gulf

Recent news reports confirm what many have alleged for over a year: British Petroleum’s “Macondo” well site has never stopped leaking.The mainstream media blackout on this subject is keeping the public unaware of the continuing tragedy and preventing another

September 03, 2011

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Newly discovered Icelandic current could change climate picture

Scientists discovered new ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ) far below the sea's surface near Iceland. It could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change. The NIJ contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional...

August 25, 2011

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Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea

At times nature exceeds the ability of the artist’s brush to blend brilliant colors, interweave textures and combine patterns to create stunning panoramas, while using only the palette of land, water, cloud and vegetation. This stunning and artistic image of a

August 17, 2011

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Field of hydrothermal vents discovered along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

The Irish-led VENTuRE scientific expedition aboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has discovered a previously uncharted field of hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – the first to be explored north of the Azores. The mission, led by

August 09, 2011

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Increasing ocean acidification and the effects on microalgae

Scientists have for the first time examined on a global scale how calcified algae in their natural habitat react to increasing acidification due to higher marine uptake of carbon dioxide.In the current issue of the magazine Nature they explain that Coccolithophores,

August 07, 2011

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One of the world's roughest stretches of water

Runoff from heavy rains, combined with wave action along the coast, increased the turbidity of New Zealand’s waters when this image was acquired on April 29, 2011, according to a NASA statement. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

July 21, 2011

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Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years

Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists.In the Arctic, melting sea ice during recent summers has allowed a passage to open up from the Pacific ocean into the

July 11, 2011

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Plastic found in nine percent of 'Garbage Patch' fishes: Tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested

The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great

July 03, 2011

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More than 300 new species discovered in the Philippines

This spring, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences braved leeches, lionfish, whip-scorpions and a wide variety of other biting and stinging creatures to lead the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever conducted in the Philippines, documenting

June 28, 2011

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State of the Ocean

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) was established by scientists with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.IPSO is currently compiling the Global State of the Ocean Report, which will collate world-wide marine science to

June 21, 2011

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12.7 percent of barrier islands—a total of 272—surround the Arctic Ocean

According to a new survey, there are 2,149 barrier islands around the world, spanning 20,783 kilometers (12,914 miles) of coastline. Seventy-four percent of those islands are found in the northern hemisphere, though that is not necessarily a surprise because roughly

June 16, 2011

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Dead Sea disappearing day by day

The Dead Sea has been drying up at a dramatic rate in recent decades as a result mostly of human demands for water. But instead of letting the historic body of water continue to disappear, some scientists are getting increasingly serious about trying to save it.In the m

May 28, 2011