Ocean Acidification Poses Little Threat to Whales’ Hearing, Study Suggests

More-acidic conditions reduce the amount of borate in seawater, whichled some researchers to suggest that ocean acidification will lead to lessabsorption of sound energy,allowing wavesto travel father in the ocean thenthey do at present. WHOI scientists showed that the effect will be minimal. Photo Credit: Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ScienceDaily, Oct. 11, 2010 … Continue reading Ocean Acidification Poses Little Threat to Whales’ Hearing, Study Suggests

Russian "scallop garden" will monitor pollution

An oil terminal at Russia’s Far-East port of KozminoPhoto Credit: Reuters/Jessica Bachman By Jessica BachmanReuters, October 8, 2010 Some prefer them grilled or steamed, but Russian scientists will now use sea scallops to monitor pollution levels at a Pacific oil terminal. An enormous sea scallop garden will be set up at the end of this … Continue reading Russian "scallop garden" will monitor pollution

New Deep-Sea Hot Springs Discovered in Atlantic: Hydrothermal Vents May Contribute More to Oceans’ Thermal Budget

Chimney-like structures spew hot fluids of up to 300 degrees Celsuis that contain large amounts of methane and hydrogen sulfidePhoto Credit: MARUM Science Daily, October 7, 2010 Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered … Continue reading New Deep-Sea Hot Springs Discovered in Atlantic: Hydrothermal Vents May Contribute More to Oceans’ Thermal Budget

Report Shows Anatomy of a Political Crisis

Boats hose down a massive fire on the oil rigDeepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010.Photo Credit: ZUMApress.com By James HerronThe Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2010 The latest unflattering revelations about the U.S. authorities’ handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should hardly come as a surprise. A report from investigators lays … Continue reading Report Shows Anatomy of a Political Crisis

Global Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species, other discoveries

Photo Credit: Gary Cranitch-Queensland Museum By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff, October 4, 2010 A lone deep-sea snail living within a hydrothermal vent. The migratory tracks of great white sharks crossing ocean basins. Audio recordings of schools of fish the size of Manhattan, swimming in concert.hese are just a handful of the discoveries that came … Continue reading Global Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species, other discoveries

Researchers comb Monterey Bay for ghost fishers

A reserach team uses a remotelyoperated vehicle to look for lost fishing gearPhoto Credit: NOAA Monterey Bay By Jane LeeThe Monterrey Herald, September 30, 2010 A research team led by NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary recently went in search of ghosts in the waters off Monterey. They found them — or at least their … Continue reading Researchers comb Monterey Bay for ghost fishers