(From Alaska Dispatch News / by Yereth Rosen)– Peak winter extent was reached on Feb. 25, with 5.61 million square miles of Arctic waters having at least 15 percent ice coverage, the center said. Read the full story »
Now you can explore the ocean floor without leaving your desk. The USGS this week posted thousands of photos and videos of the U.S. coastline and adjacent seafloor, allowing users to explore sections of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts in an interactive map.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous ocean reserve on Wednesday, setting aside 322,000 mi2 around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific for special protection.
A new study by University of Michigan biologists suggests that some predatory marine cone snails evolved a highly diverse set of venoms that enables them to capture and paralyze a broad range of prey species.
Little is known about the oldest sea turtles that inhabited Earth millions of years ago. The finding in the Baetic Cordillera, in Jaén, of the remains of a supposed new species of turtle brought new clues 6 years ago.
Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico now have a better understanding of how naturally-occurring climate cycles–as well as human activities–can trigger widespread ecosystem changes that ripple through the Gulf food web.
An international team of scientists led by a URI oceanographer has found oxygen and oxygen-breathing microbes all the way through the sediment from the seafloor in the South Pacific gyre, considered the “deadest” location in the ocean.