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Warmer Oceans Could Release Millions of Tons of Undersea Methane

Off the West Coast of the United States, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that water at intermediate depths is warming enough to cause these carbon deposits to melt, releasing methane into the sediments and surrounding water.

Researchers found that water...
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Gigantic Eyeball Found on Florida Beach

Beachcombing is a tougher job than it seems to be: First it was severed feet (still wearing sneakers!) washing up on beaches of Canada. Now it's a giant eyeball washing up on the Florida shore. Could...
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Whale Poop Saves the Ocean

Whales may sing in the shower, but when they poop, they drop huge turds which work with the ecology of the ocean, playing an enormous role in its nutrient and carbon cycles.

And as if there wasn't enough...
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UPDATE: Baltic Object: Divers are Down and 'Amazed.'

A report received from the Baltic dive states that the divers are on the site and are examining the object that is there. No report on what it is, but they are saying that they are 'amazed.' Contrary to internet rumors, there is no evidence of any military exercise in the area, and it is anticipated that...
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More Trash in the Ocean Than We Thought

There are more than just cracks in the ocean floor: While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris,...
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Fukushima Caused Cracks in the Ocean Floor

Submarine images have revealed that the Fukushima quake opened up cracks in the ocean floor as big as 6 feet wide. What effect this may have on future quakes in the area is unknown.

Coincidentally, shortly before the quake, researchers had taken photos of the same area of the seafloor where the crust would later rupture, leading to a...
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Fukushima Debris Washes Up on West Coast Beaches

Can we clean up our trashy oceans? When it comes to debris that floats in from the Japanese Fukushima disaster, it may be vitally important, because some of it may be...
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Can our Oceans Keep Cleaning Up our Air?

How deep is the ocean’s capacity to buffer against climate change? Right now our oceans absorb almost one-third of all our greenhouse gas emissions. During the past three decades, increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide have largely been matched by...
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Can We Clean Up Our Trashy Oceans?

There are millions of tons of trash floating in our oceans, much of it plastic (meaning it won't disappear anytime soon). Scientists are now trying to figure out how to clean it up. The largest "floating island" of plastic trash is in the North Pacific and covers an area twice the size of France. Other trash islands have been discovered...
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Ocean Pollution

The plastic kind - Plastic pollution is a big problem in the ocean right now and we can't wait until tomorrow to clean it up.

By dragging fine-meshed nets along the ocean's surface, researchers found that while there is a great deal of it there, the volume seems to have stopped increasing, probably due to new laws that...

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Our Biggest Trash Can

Our oceans are in trouble. What happened in the past can affect the future. More than 200 million gallons of oil is estimated to have spilled into the Gulf after the April 20 blowout at BP's Deepwater Horizon, an incident which also killed 11 people. While the surface of the Gulf now looks clean and most of the beaches have been cleared of oil...

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The Oceans: Something is Wrong

UPDATE: Lobsters too! - Since July, there have been a number of mysterious ocean kills reported from around the world, only one of which has been mentioned by the general media in the west. The kills involve a massive mollusk kill in Pakistan, seal mutilations in Great Britain and, most recently, a huge kill in Brazilian waters...

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Crustaceans Offer New Clues to Biofuel

In a recent study, a group of British researchers have proposed a new powerhouse of biofuel: the Gribble.

In case you aren't familiar with the microscopic marine world, Gribble are actually tiny crustacean pests that can break down wood into sugars like no other species on Earth. Gribbles are generally considered to be the scourge of...

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The World's Biggest Dump

Something most of us are not aware of: An amazing amount of trash is dumped into the ocean. It comes from landfills and from cruise ships that throw their trash directly into the sea. The ocean is becoming more and more acidic, and a surprising amount of debris is being dumped in space too.

Outer space security has become an increasingly...

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Incredible Sea Level Rise in our Future

Ocean levels could rise by as much as 5 feet in the next 100 years, drowning major coastal cities all over the world. This is much more than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasted a year ago and could mean the end of island nations and low-lying countries such as Bangladesh, where 80 to 90% of the population lives...

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Coral May be Saved by Ocean Itself

We throw trash in it?no wonder it's not doing that well. Only about 4% of the world's oceans are not damaged by human activities such as fishing and pollution. Human-caused global warming has also taken a toll on coral reefs?but it turns out that they may get some NATURAL protection from the ocean.

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Not Sucking Up Like Before

We count on the ocean to act as a "carbon sink," sucking much of the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Without this, global warming would be progressing much more quickly. But now scientists say that the amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the world's oceans has diminished.

BBC News reports that "scientists believe global...

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Ocean Noise May be Killing Off Species

A study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that the underwater world is becoming a noisier place, with unknown effects on marine life. They?ve discovered that there has been a tenfold increase in the underwater ocean noise off Southern California?s coast in the last 40 years. This has to be having a bad effect on marine...

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Ocean Slime: Reverse Evolution

Modern human life is ruining our oceans. The "rise of slime" is causing the water to become more acidic, killing off many species, some of which may turn out to be essential to slowing down global warming. The runoff from modern life is causing a kind of reverse evolution, allowing ancient species of bacteria to flourish that haven't been seen...

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Water Noise Killing Off Giant Squid

The legendary giant squid, which has only recently beendiscovered to be real, is being killed by all the noise inthe ocean. Unusually high numbers of them are washing up onSpanish beaches. Scientists think they're being killed bythe loud, low frequency sounds made by oil drilling in theocean.

Scientists have never seen living giant...

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The Dead Zones

Researchers are searching the ocean forDeadZones?areas with extremely low levels of oxygen that cannotsustain life. Last summer, a huge Dead Zone settled in onthe coast of Oregon, causing fish and crustaceans to die. Itdisappeared in the fall, but now it's back. OceanologistJack Barth says, "What I think we are seeing is a tipping ofthe balance...

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The Dead Zone

It's not just a book by Stephen King, it's an oxygen-starved area in the ocean where nothing can live. Scientists say there are more of these being created than ever before. Fishermen in Martha's Vineyard are discovering "Sea Balls" that have washed on shore. And that island paradise you dream of visiting? Don't look too closely.

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Ocean Changes: Subtle but Serious

Due to increased carbon dioxide emissions, the world's oceans are becoming more acidic, affecting marine life. And whaling is reducing the number of giant whales that were once eaten by killer whales, leading step by step to a huge increase in the number of sea urchins. These sea urchins are munching their way through the kelp forests of the...

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Unwelcome Message in a Plastic Bottle

The trash that ends up in the ocean has become a vehicle for the transportation of exotic marine life into new ports. This is threatening global biodiversity, particularly in the Southern Ocean.

David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made a 10-year study of human litter, mostly plastic, that washed ashore on 30 remotes...

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Dead Zone Discovered in Ocean

Cathy Zollo writes in the Naples (FL) Daily News that commercial fishermen along the Southwest Florida coast are reporting a massive dead zone that contains no marine life in an area of the Gulf of Mexico that has traditionally been a rich fishing ground. They want scientists and government agencies to find out what?s causing it, but scientists...

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