Oceanography News
March 28, 2020

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Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to ... read more
East Antarctica's Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers are ... read more
A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A ... read more
More than half of the planet's fresh water is in Antarctica. While most of it is frozen in the ice sheets, underneath the ice pools and streams of water flow into one another ... read more
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Greenland Shed Ice at Unprecedented Rate in 2019; Antarctica Continues to Lose Mass

Scientists describe Greenland's loss of 600 billion tons of ice in the summer of 2019, raising global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in a short ... read more

Increasingly Mobile Sea Ice Risks Polluting Arctic Neighbors

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to ... read more

Sugar Brings a Lot of Carbon Dioxide Into the Deeper Sea

The oceans are a very important reservoir for carbon in the system of the earth. However, many aspects of the marine carbon cycle are still unknown. Scientists have now found that sugar plays an ... read more

Salmon Provide Nutrients to Alaskan Streambanks

Nutrient cycling of stream ecosystems dependent on portion of salmons' ... read more

Soft Corals Near Virgin Islands Recover from Hurricanes, but Stony Corals Declining

Soft corals at three sites in the US Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but research by a marine ecologist puts that ... read more

Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

Researchers say they have identified the origins of an unusual fault that probably magnified the catastrophic 2011 Japan ... read more

New Research First to Relate Antarctic Sea Ice Melt to Weather Change in Tropics

While there is a growing body of research showing how the loss of Arctic sea ice affects other parts of the planet, a new study is the first to also consider the long-range effect of Antarctic sea ... read more

Plastic Building Bricks Could Survive in Ocean for Up to 1,300 Years, Study Suggests

By measuring the mass of individual bricks found on beaches against equivalent unused pieces and the age of blocks obtained from storage, researchers estimated that the items could endure for ... read more

What Causes an Ice Age to End?

Research by an international team helps to resolve some of the mystery of why ice ages end by establishing when they ... read more

New Flood Damage Framework Helps Planners Prepare for Sea-Level Rise

Researchers have developed a new framework allowing urban planners and policymakers to consider a combination of responses to sea-level rise and, if hard structures, how high these protections should ... read more

Microbes Far Beneath the Seafloor Rely on Recycling to Survive

Scientistsreveal how microorganisms could survive in rocks nestled thousands of feet beneath the ocean floor in the lower oceanic ... read more

Coral Reefs 'Weathering' the Pressure of Globalization

More information about the effects human activities have on Southeast Asian coral reefs has been revealed, with researchers looking at how large-scale global pressures, combined with the El Niño ... read more

Paleontologists Discover Solid Evidence of Formerly Elusive Abrupt Sea-Level Jump

Meltwater pulses (MWPs) known as abrupt sea-level rise will inevitably affect cities especially those on coastal plains of low elevation. A recent study presented evidence of abrupt sea level change ... read more

Indian Ocean Phenomenon Spells Climate Trouble for Australia

New international research has found a worrying change in the Indian Ocean's surface temperatures that puts southeast Australia on course for increasingly hot and dry ... read more

Sea Turtles Have a Deadly Attraction to Stinky Plastic

Sea turtles around the world are threatened by marine plastic debris, mostly through ingestion and entanglement. Now, researchers have new evidence to explain why all that plastic is so dangerous for ... read more

Atomic Fingerprint Identifies Emission Sources of Uranium

Depending on whether uranium is released by the civil nuclear industry or as fallout from nuclear weapon tests, the ratio of the two anthropogenic, i.e. human-made, uranium isotopes 233U and 236U ... read more

Fresh Groundwater Flow Important for Coastal Ecosystems

Groundwater is the largest source of freshwater, one of the world's most precious natural resources and vital for crops and drinking water. Researchers have developed the first global computer ... read more

Satellite Data Boosts Understanding of Climate Change's Effects on Kelp

Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for ... read more

Newly Uncovered Arctic Landscape Plays Important Role in Carbon Cycle

As the ice sheet covering most of Greenland retreats, researchers are studying the newly revealed landscape to understand its role in the carbon ... read more

Deep-Sea Fish Community Structure Strongly Affected by Oxygen and Temperature

In a new study, researchers took advantage of the natural oceanographic gradient in the Gulf of California to study the effects of variable oxygen levels and temperatures on demersal fish ... read more

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