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Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:20:28 EDT ~ A new study validates that the central core of the East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable even if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts. Find out more...

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:20:14 EDT ~ Oceanographers report completing the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new information, the team discovered nutrient limitation is a central driver in the evolution of ocean microbe genomes. Find out more...

Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:28:25 EDT ~ A study of flood damage in Florida proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal hurricane season is likely in the Atlantic Ocean this year, while a rising sea level is making Florida increasingly vulnerable to dangerous flooding. Find out more...

Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:51:49 EDT ~ A new article shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor. Find out more...

Radioactive 129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:03:23 EDT ~ Radioactive 129I has traveled the equivalent of a third of the way round the globe, since being released from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the UK and France. The iodine's 15,000 km journey begins in the nuclear plants at Sellafield and La Hague and continues via the Arctic Ocean and then southward via the Grand Banks towards Bermuda, where it is found at very low concentrations about 20 years later. Find out more...

Tiny fraction of oceans could meet world's fish demand

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:53:40 EDT ~ Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory. Find out more...

Marine noise pollution stresses and confuses fish

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:49:17 EDT ~ Increased noise pollution in the oceans is confusing fish and compromising their ability to recognise and avoid predators. Find out more...

New technique offers clues to measure the deoxygenation of the ocean

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:20:44 EDT ~ The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean's oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine 'dead zones' continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems. Find out more...

Cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots now revealed

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:01:49 EDT ~ Seas rose in the southeastern US between 2011 and 2015 by more than six times the global average sea level rise that is already happening due to human-induced global warming, new research shows. The combined effects of El Nio (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), both of which are naturally occurring climate processes, drove this recent sea level rise hot spot, according to the study. Find out more...

Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:23:30 EDT ~ The effects of climate change, which are apparent in other parts of the Antarctic continent, are not yet observed for glaciers in the western Ross Sea coast, new research indicates. Find out more...