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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

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Bahamas sink while one island mysteriously rises

All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd. This anomaly suggests the area may be less seismically stable than previously thought. Scientists focused on the small island of...

May 19, 2011

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Two small islands have sunk into the sea between India and Sri Lanka

Two small islands in South Asia's first marine biosphere reserve have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining. The islets were in a group in the Gulf of Mannar, between India and Sri Lanka.The Indo-Pacific region is considered to contain some of

May 16, 2011

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Six whale species heard in the waters near New York City

At least six different species of whales - among them a blue whale, the largest creature that has ever lived on the planet - have been heard in the waters around New York City, according to researchers who track the gigantic and chatty mammals by listening to their

May 05, 2011

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55 feet long unknown fish species found in China

A 55 feet (16,7 meters) long fish has been found in the seashore of Guangdong, China. According to a local newspaper, the big fish weighs at least 10,000 pounds.Hwang, a 66-years-old fisherman living in the near area, said he has never seen anything like this in his

May 03, 2011

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Mercury converted to its most toxic form in ocean waters

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater itself.After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the

May 01, 2011

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Record-breaking crowd of humpback whales spotted near Antarctica

A record-breaking crowd of humpback whales has been seen in chilly waters near Antarctica, giving researchers a unique opportunity to study the colossal creatures. However, scientists warn the unprecedented whale numbers, drawn to the region for all-night feasting

April 30, 2011

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The BP spill in the Gulf: One year later

It's been called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, and rightfully so, if for no other reason than because, one year later, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmare gift that keeps on giving, some experts are saying.The Deepwater

April 29, 2011

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Death of 15 sharks wash ashore in Manatee County remain mystery

Researchers are trying to figure out why sharks are washing ashore dead on Manatee County's beautiful beaches. Recently 15 dead sharks were found on the north ends of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. The species of sharks found were bonnetheads, blacknose and

April 23, 2011