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
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
Daily updates from the RV Cape Hatteras, Gulf of Mexico deep coral cruise Day 1 We set sail from Gulfport Mississippi in the early evening after spending all day loading and stowing gear while the ROV team (University of Connecticut) assembled a mobile operations lab on the back deck. Our research vessel, the RV Cape … Continue reading Follow Sandra on her Deep Sea Coral Cruise!
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
Above is a map showing what is the one and only collection (beginnings of a network) of high seas MPAs: 6 new ones + Rainbow Hydrothermal Vent which was protected previously. Totalling 285 000 km2, these six new sites were recently passed by the OSPAR Commission for the Northeast Atlantic at a high level ministerial … Continue reading OSPAR High Seas MPAs
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
EditorialThe New York Times, October 5, 2010 The six-month federal moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to end on Nov. 30. Complaining of job losses, politicians in the gulf and many in industry are demanding that it be lifted now. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, is threatening to block … Continue reading What Have They Learned?
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
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