Tag: Oceans

Ocean Explorer Victor Vescovo Completes Deepest-Ever Dive In Mariana Trench

A team of ocean explorers has set their sights on reaching the bottom of the world's oceans. One of them has completed the deepest-ever dive in the Mariana trench.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2019

Ocean Warming Triggers Rapid Melting Of World's Largest Ice Shelf

A new study revealed that extreme ocean warming and solar heat are triggering the rapid melting of the world's largest ice shelf. The rapid ice melt can have a huge impact on rising sea levels.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of 'Halos' Around Coral Reefs

From a bird's eye view, coral reefs showcase a strange phenomenon: rings of bald sand surrounding them dubbed as "reef halos." In two new papers, scientists shed light on the mystery.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Oceans Will Change Color By End Of 21st Century Because Of Climate Change

By the year 2100, more than half of the world's oceans will change in color as a result of global warming. What are the factors that influence the colors of the world's seas?

Earth/Environment February 5, 2019

Waves Get Bigger And More Powerful Because Of Climate Change

Wave power of the world's oceans has increased by 0.4 percent per year since 1948. Researchers of the new study said powerful waves are linked to rising ocean temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2019

Heat Waves Occur In Our Oceans, Too — And They’re Getting Worse

Oceans are now experiencing intense heat waves. A record-breaking temperature was recorded off the San Diego Coast and is expected to significantly impact marine life especially coral reefs and kelp forests.

Earth/Environment August 17, 2018

World’s Oceans To Reach Acid Levels Highest In 14 Million Years

Researchers found that if carbon emissions continued at the rate they are going, the world’s oceans will reach peak acid levels in 14 million years. It poses a severe threat to coral reefs, shellfish, and other marine life.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2018

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Hint How Climate Change May Lead To Mass Extinction Events

The extinction of marine organisms in the Early Jurassic Period occurred after powerful volcanic eruptions sent large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What does this tell about modern-day climate change?

Earth/Environment June 14, 2018

Climate Change Affecting Food Chains In The Ocean, Reducing Number Of Fish

Climate change is now altering life in the ocean by affecting the food chains of the animals inside of it. Due to climate change there could be fewer fish in the sea.

Animals April 19, 2018

Tiny Shrimp And Krill Could Play A Mighty Role In Mixing Oceans

A Stanford University research team released a new study that might showcase a big role that the ocean’s tiniest creatures play in influencing the ocean. They believe that shrimp and krill can influence the ocean’s currents.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Underwater Twilight Zone Rariphotic Has So Many Undiscovered, Unique Fish Species

A new zone in the ocean called raripothic was discovered to have thousands of still undiscovered fish species. This rare and hidden part of the ocean is regarded as a twilight zone because of its vibrant ecosystem.

Animals March 22, 2018

Scientists Create Robotic Fish To Spy On Sea Creatures Scared Away By Humans

Scientists have created a soft robotic fish that is capable of going to places that humans are not able to. They hope that this creation will allow them to gather data once thought impossible.

Robotics March 22, 2018

Microplastic Pollution Threatens Giants Of The Ocean, Scientists Warn

Filter feeders such as whales and whale sharks ingest large amounts of microplastic as the ocean becomes increasingly polluted with plastic debris. What are the effects of plastic on these giant marine creatures?

Earth/Environment February 6, 2018

The Earth's Hum Finally Recorded At The Ocean Floor, But We Still Don't Know Where It Comes From

Scientists were able to record the Earth's hum from the ocean floor for the first time. The observations may help researchers decipher the reason and source for the mysterious phenomenon.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2017

Liquid Oceans In Icy Bodies Expand Potential Worlds In The Solar System To Find Alien Life

Ice worlds beyond the orbit of Neptune known as Trans-Neptunian Objects may have liquid oceans beneath their icy surface, a NASA study suggested. If correct, this could impact our search for potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System.

Space December 3, 2017

Fluorescent Dye May Help Detect 99 Percent Of Invisible Ocean Plastic Waste

A recent research has found a new way to detect very small pieces of plastic waste that float invisibly near the surface of the ocean using fluorescent dye. The method could be used one day to identify 99 percent of lost tiny pollutants in the sea.

Earth/Environment November 27, 2017

Corals Are Eating Plastic Because They’re Delicious, Study Says

Oceans continue to be polluted with factory-made plastic because of human neglect, causing great danger to marine life, such as corals. A new study suggests an even more problematic scenario in which corals think plastic is delicious.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2017

Sixth Mass Extinction Will Happen By 2100: MIT Study

A mass extinction might occur by 2100, according to an MIT professor’s new study. If Earth’s oceans hit a certain carbon threshold, the sixth mass extinction could occur at the end of this century.

Earth/Environment September 21, 2017

Faceless Fish Missing Since 1873 Found In Deep Waters Of Australia

Scientists on a month-long research voyage surveying the abyss of Australia have rediscovered a faceless fish that was last seen more than 100 years ago. The creature was found at a depth of 4,000 meters.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2017

Trash Isn't Just A Problem For Henderson Island, It's Everywhere

Henderson Island isn't alone in its ocean trash problems - there are many remote locations that have been turned into dumping grounds for waste. Here are just a few.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2017

Most Habitable Planets Likely To Be Dominated By Oceans

The exoplanets that are most likely to host alien life are worlds dominated by oceans. A statistical model suggests that 90 percent of the surface area of these planets is made up of water.

Space April 22, 2017

Billions Of Plastic Pieces Floating In Arctic Ocean: What Happens To Garbage Humans Junk Into The Sea?

Plastic pollution has slowly crept into the once-pristine Arctic Ocean. Why is this happening, how much plastic pollution really ends up in our oceans, and will it stay there forever?

Earth/Environment April 21, 2017

Asteroid Ocean Impact Wrongly Depicted In Hollywood Movies: Study

Hollywood movies tend to show massive waves that can wipe out coastal cities when an asteroid crashes into the ocean. Simulations revealed this is not exactly what would happen when real asteroids crash into Earth.

Space April 18, 2017

Impact Crater Linked To Powerful Tsunamis On Mars: Another Proof Of An Ancient Ocean?

New research points to the Lomonosov crater as a potential evidence of strong tsunamis sweeping across part of Mars some 3 billion years ago. Is this another proof that oceans indeed once flowed on the ancient planet?

Space March 26, 2017

Dead Zones May Pose Further Threat To World’s Coral Reefs

Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Massive Algae Bloom In Arabian Sea Linked To Climate Change, Threatens Local Ecosystems

Mexico-sized harmful algal blooms are striking the Gulf of Oman and other parts of the world at a greater rate due to climate change. How do they affect local marine ecosystems?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Here’s What Polar Research Vessel Boaty McBoatface Is Up To

Remotely operated submarine Boaty McBoatface is off to its first scientific mission in the Antarctic. Amid naming controversies, the UK polar research ship will probe water flow and turbulence in the dark recesses of the Orkney Passage.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Why Have Earth's Oceans Lost 2 Percent Of Their Oxygen?

Past studies have shown that the world's oceans continue to lose their oxygen concentration over time. Now, a new report successfully quantifies the extent to which oceans are losing their oxygen levels.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Banned Chemicals Continue Hounding Ocean Life: What Are PCBs And PBDEs?

Learn more about PCBs and PBDEs, two persistent organic pollutants (POPs) recently found in alarming levels in the world's two deepest marine trenches. Where do they come from and what are their toxic consequences?

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Ancient Warming Hints At Major Sea Level Rise Ahead

A new study raised worry over finding that the last time ocean temperatures were this warm, or 125,000 years ago, sea levels were up to 30 feet higher than they currently are.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

Forget About Global Warming Pause: Oceans Are Steadily Warming, Scientists Warn

A new study that revisits NOAA dataset of global temperatures shows that a climate change hiatus hasn't really happened: the oceans have been warming steadily without a pronounced slowdown.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2017

Exoplanet Proxima B Orbiting Star Near Sun May Have Liquid Ocean

Proxima B is a good candidate for finding alien life outside of the solar system. Now, computer simulations revealed the surface of the exoplanet could be covered by an ocean.

Space October 9, 2016

New Ocean World? Subsurface Ocean Present On Saturn Moon Dione, According To Cassini Mission Data

Researchers have interpreted data from the Cassini mission and concluded that Dione has a subsurface ocean. The Saturn moon is the newest to join the group of ocean worlds in the solar system.

Space October 6, 2016

Geysers On Europa: NASA Finds More Evidence Of Water Plumes On Jupiter Moon

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found what appear as water vapor plumes from the icy surface of Jupiter moon Europa. How will astronomers confirm the existence of this water geyser?

Space September 27, 2016

How Did Animals Evolve Millions Of Years Ago? They Have High Oxygen Levels To Thank For That

A new study has said that abundant oxygen levels at the oceans facilitated the rise of complex organisms such as algae and other vertebrates. This came after a lull of 3 billion years of anoxic oceans.

Ancient September 26, 2016

Fish Sing Choruses In The Sea At Dawn Just Like Birds

Fishes may seem like silent creatures but in the sea, these marine animals actually produce choruses when their song overlaps those of the others. What role does sound play in fish behaviors?

Animals September 25, 2016

Obama To Build World's Largest Ocean Reserve Off Hawaii

On Friday, the White House announced plans to expand an iconic marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii to protect marine species. President Barack Obama will visit the protected area to draw more focus on conservation.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2016

Glowing Purple Blob Found On Ocean Floor Puzzles Scientists [Video]

Is it a glowing disco ball? Is it a spider egg sac? Scientists have discovered a mysterious purple blob that has left them stumped. Watch the video to find out.

Animals July 29, 2016

US Court Rules Navy Sonar Used In 70 Percent Of World's Oceans Hurts Whales

A federal appeals court in the United States ruled that the Navy's use of sonar systems negatively affects marine life. Environmental advocates say these systems disrupt the mating and feeding of marine animals.

Animals July 19, 2016

Caribbean Sea Whistles Sound That Can Be Detected From Space: What Causes This Noise?

The Caribbean Sea produces a whistle-like sound so powerful its signature can be detected by satellites in space. What produces the low-pitched noise in this part of the Atlantic Ocean?

Earth/Environment June 22, 2016

Does Pluto Hide A Subsurface Ocean? NASA's New Horizons Hint Liquid Ocean Is Beneath Dwarf Planet's Icy Crust

A present-day liquid ocean could be hiding beneath the icy crust of Pluto. The dwarf planet would have shrunk if its ocean has completely frozen millions of years ago.

Space June 22, 2016

How 'Electric Wind' Removes Atmospheres, Oceans In Planets Like Venus

Venus may have hosted a large amount of water billions of years ago, but it evaporated. Scientists say the planet's 'electric wind' may have caused the lack of water.

Space June 21, 2016

Glow-in-the-dark Ocean Fish Are More Widespread Than Known

New research suggests that glow-in-the-dark marine creatures are more widespread that what was previously known. Their ability to create light may have also been key to marine biodiversity.

Animals June 9, 2016

Tiny Ocean Fish Prefer To Eat Plastic Over Plankton

Young fish are getting hooked on consuming microplastic particles instead of their usual diet of zooplankton, a new Swedish study has warned. The findings renewed calls to ban plastic microbeads as one way to tackle the dire situation.

Earth/Environment June 3, 2016

Tiny Ocean Bacteria Have Massive Role In Regulating Earth's Atmosphere

The world's most abundant and tiniest marine organism has a massive role in regulating our planet's climate. Scientists found the bacteria produce significant amounts of the gas called dimethyl sulfide.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2016

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