Geological phenomenon widening the Atlantic Ocean — ScienceDaily

An upsurge of matter from deep beneath the Earth’s crust could be pushing the continents of North and South America further apart from Europe and Africa, new research has found. The plates attached to the Americas are moving apart from those attached to Europe and Africa by four centimetres per year. In between these continents […]

Ocean toxin a heartbreaking threat for sea otters

A sea otter dines on a clam. Credit: Joe Tomoleoni Heart disease is a killer threat for southern sea otters feasting on domoic acid in their food web, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal Harmful Algae, examined the relationship between long-term exposure to domoic […]

Increasing ocean temperature threatens Greenland’s ice sheet — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have for the first time quantified how warming coastal waters are impacting individual glaciers in Greenland’s fjords. Their work is the subject of a study published recently in Science Advances. Working under the auspices of the Oceans Melting Greenland mission for the past […]

Hurricanes Wakes Show Asymmetrical Response in Ocean Salinity

Hurricanes (known as tropical cyclones in the Pacific) often form in response to above average ocean surface temperatures. But they are also well known to leave a cold wake after their passage mainly because the strong winds stir and upwell the colder water that lies below the surface layer. While one might expect […]

A sea of rubbish: ocean floor landfills

The Messina Strait, a submarine bridge separating the island of Sicily from the Italian Peninsula, is the area with the largest marine litter density worldwide -more than a million objects per square kilometre in some parts-, as reported in a new review paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Also, over the next thirty […]

Stuck in a rut: Ocean acidification locks algal communities in a simplified state

IMAGE: Image photo of algal communities view more  Credit: University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan – Out with the old, in with the new, as the New Year’s saying goes, but not where the marine environment is concerned. Researchers from Japan have discovered that ocean acidification keeps algal communities locked in a simplified state of low biodiversity. […]

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

IMAGE: Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and… view more  Credit: JAMSTEC. MIAMI–A group of more than 60 scientists have provided recommendations to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), a basin-wide monitoring […]

Ocean acidification locks algal communities in a simplified state — ScienceDaily

Out with the old, in with the new, as the New Year’s saying goes, but not where the marine environment is concerned. Researchers from Japan have discovered that ocean acidification keeps algal communities locked in a simplified state of low biodiversity. In a study published on 11th January 2021 in Global Change Biology, researchers from […]

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and biogeochemistry, as well as societal applications due to its contribution to operational analyses and forecasts. Citation: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101, 11; 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0209.1 […]

Seawater as an electrical cable !? Wireless power transfers in the ocean

IMAGE: Underwater drone (top left), power supply station (bottom left), drone parked on the power supply station installed on the ocean floor for battery charging (right) view more  Credit: COPYRIGHT (C) TOYOHASHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Overview: Associate professor Masaya Tamura, Kousuke Murai (who has completed the first term of his master’s program), and […]