- Why Didn't The Whole Planet Freeze During Ice Ages? Plants And CO2
When glaciers advanced over much of the planet's surface during the last ice age, what kept Earth from freezing over entirely? Climate scientists are unsure because popular numerical models indicated that over the past 24 million years geological co ...
Article - News Staff - Jul 2 2009 - 10:46am
- Oceans Can't Mix Without Help From Fish
Scientists have been thinking increasingly about whether or not animals in the ocean might play a role in larger-scale ocean mixing, says John Dabiri, a Caltech bioengineer. Ocean mixing is the process by which various layers of water interact with one an ...
Article - News Staff - Jul 29 2009 - 6:29pm
- Winds, Weaker Current Implicated In Higher Eastern Seaboard Water Levels
The Eastern Seaboard had higher than normal sea levels in June and July and a new NOAA technical report blames persistent winds and a weakened current in the Mid-Atlantic. After observing water levels six inches to two feet higher than originally predicte ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 2 2009 - 12:07pm
- Climate change, 18th century style
Scientists hope weather data from 18th century ships' logbooks will shed light on how the climate has changed in the past 200 years, according to this BBC report. ...
Blog Post - Becky Jungbauer - Oct 7 2009 - 8:43am
- Scope Of Coral Reefs In Flower Gardens
Beauty can't hide! Flower gardens exist in our vast oceans. Fishermen have long noted colored fish and coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. The flower gardens banks consist of coral-capped banks or sandstone banks with fire coral and sponge-laden pinna ...
Article - Hatice Cullingford - Oct 28 2009 - 12:58pm
- Superfreaking Chemistry?
I need to call my broker and get in on some Arm&Hammer stock, because, according to Steve Levitt, we're going to need a lot of base: Of course, ocean acidification is an import issue. Now, there are ways to deal with ocean acidification, right, it ...
Blog Post - Michael White - Oct 29 2009 - 2:54pm
- Boat Nets Large Jellyfish, Sinks Itself
This post is not even remotely about a cephalopod, but because I mentioned polyps yesterday I feel justified in discussing a cnidarian. Besides, these headlines really got me steamed, and what better place to vent than a blog? Enormous Jellyfish Sink Japan ...
Article - Danna Staaf - Nov 10 2009 - 10:08am
- How Big A Wave Does It Take To Demolish A Coastal Building?
With Tropical Storm Ida currently dumping rain and high winds in the southeast we wanted to talk about coastal hazards. Coastal hazards along America's shorelines threaten a significant percentage of the U.S. population. Here is a quick beach qui ...
Article - News Staff - Nov 10 2009 - 10:03am
- Scientists Record Deepest Erupting Volcano Yet Discovered
Scientists have recorded the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered--West Mata Volcano--located 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by Fiji,Tonga and Samoa. The imagery includes large molten lava bubbles three feet acros ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2010 - 6:59pm
- Echinoderms' Contribution To Ocean Carbon Sink Underestimated
A group of marine organisms called Echinoderms, which includes starfish and sea urchin, has a significant impact on the levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere and that influence has been greatly underestimated by scientists, argues a new p ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 8 2010 - 12:14pm