Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...

January 11, 2016

New mathematical model maps undiscovered deep water coral reefs

Marine scientists have discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, by using a new mathematical modeling system which predicted their locations, the Plymouth University announced on October 12, 2015. The modeling system that...

October 16, 2015

Major coral bleaching phenomena now spreads globally, NOAA reports

A third global coral bleaching event was announced by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 8, 2015. The event is expected to be enhanced by the strong El Nino, and will impact about 38% of the world's coral reefs by the end...

October 13, 2015

Scientists create the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology

The composition of the seabed, which covers 70% of the Earth's surface, has been mapped for the first time after 40 years. The research team from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences has created the world's first digital map of the seabed's g

August 14, 2015

Aquarius satellite: One year observing the salty seas

Launched on June 10, 2011, aboard the Argentine spacecraft Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D, Aquarius is NASA’s first satellite instrument specifically built to study the salt content of ocean surface waters.Salinity variations, one of the

February 27, 2013

New mountain found on the ocean floor off the coast of Iceland

Multi-beam measurements on a mission of research vessel Arni Fridriksson earlier this summer revealed vast underwater mountain deep roots from the continental shelf of 120 nautical miles west of the peninsula. The unnamed mountain on the ocean floor off the west coast

August 13, 2012

Scientists discovered rivers under the sea

A group of divers have discovered an undersea river, complete with trees and leaves flowing on the sea bed.  Besides this single undersea river, other instances of river under water have been discovered by scientists all over the world. These findings have made

July 11, 2012

New deep-sea hydrothermal vents discovered in Gulf of California

Scientists have uncovered clusters of volcanic vents towering above the seafloor in a region of deep-sea off the coast of Mexico. The so-called "black smoker" vents lie about 7,400 meters (7,900 feet) deep with chimneys reaching 23 meters (75 feet). These

June 03, 2012

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 Ocean

April 17, 2012

Two sunken islands discovered near Australia

In the remote waters of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, scientists have just discovered two sunken islands, almost the size of Tasmania, which were once part of the supercontinent Gondwana. The islands were found during a three-week voyage to map the seafloor of the

November 17, 2011

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

Scientist observing deepest underwater eruptions of West Mata volcano

An underwater volcano West Mata is bursting with glowing lava bubbles. The deepest active submarine eruption seen to date is shedding light on how volcanism can impact deep-sea life and reshape the face of the planet.Submarine eruptions account for about

October 21, 2011

Cold snap triggered massive coral die-off

While warming seas are a leading cause in the decline of the world's coral reefs, U.S. researchers have discovered cold temperatures can be just as devastating.Scientists are the University of Georgia conducted a study of coral reefs in the Florida Keys following an

August 10, 2011

Axial Seamount: Undersea volcano eruption off the coast of Oregon, US

An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) thick in some places, and opening up deep vents that belch forth a cloudy stew of hot water and microbes from deep inside the Earth.Scientists uncovered e

August 10, 2011

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

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

Deep seafloor could help scientists predict earthquakes

Seismic monitoring and centuries of experience have given humankind a pretty good idea of what areas are prone to the devastation of earthquakes and tsunamis. But to truly prepare for huge temblors and accompanying tsunamis like the one that ravaged Japan in March, we

June 25, 2011