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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Whale-Ship Collisions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations today to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that ... read more

Some Marine Creatures May Be More Resilient to Harsher Ocean Conditions Than Expected

Feb. 15, 2017 — As the world continually emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans are taking a hit, absorbing some of it and growing more acidic. Among other effects, scientists have found that coral ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Last winter's El Niño might have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was in fact one of the most powerful climate events of the past 145 years. If such severe El Niño events ... read more

Marine Bacteria Produce an Environmentally Important Molecule With Links to Climate

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can synthesize one of Earth's most abundant sulfur molecules, which affects atmospheric chemistry and potentially climate. This molecule, ... read more

Are Drones Disturbing Marine Mammals?

Feb. 13, 2017 — Marine researchers have made sure that their research drones aren't disturbing their research subjects, shows a new report. And they're hoping that others will follow their example to help ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — The Arctic has a serious litter problem: in just 10 years, the concentration of marine litter at a deep-sea station in the Arctic Ocean has risen 20-fold, according to ... read more

Cold Plates and Hot Melts: New Data on History of Pacific Ring of Fire

Feb. 10, 2017 — The movements of Earth's tectonic plates shape the face of our planet. The sinking of one plate beneath another causes volcanism and earthquakes. Scientists have been able to drill and ... read more

Sea-Level Change in Southeast Asia 6,000 Years Ago Has Implications for Today

Feb. 10, 2017 — Sea level in Southeast Asia fluctuated wildly -- and naturally -- more than 6,000 years ago, twice rising nearly two feet in a period of about 200 years, report ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A recent interpretive review of scientific literature sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. However, deposits in coastal areas beneath the shallow, more accessible continental shelf could help ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Drainage of four interconnected lakes below Thwaites Glacier in late 2013 caused only a 10 percent increase in the glacier's speed. The glacier's recent speedup is therefore not due to ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — Although diatoms are incredibly small, they have a significant impact on the dispersal of nutrients and trace elements in global marine ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference, say ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — Climate change is one of the most powerful stressors threatening marine biomes. It is hoped that identifying areas of resilience will provide managers valuable decision-making guidance. A survey of ... read more

New Technology to Watch the Sea in 3D

Feb. 1, 2017 — Looking at waves in the open sea with 'electronic eyes', so as to reconstruct it in 3D, scientists found that exceptionally high waves are more common than previously assumed by theoretical ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — A recent review of studies of submarine canyons has identified that they are at risk from human activities, and require better ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — While coastal wetlands serve as effective 'blue carbon' storage reservoirs for carbon dioxide, other marine ecosystems do not store carbon for long periods of time, a new analysis ... read more

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