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Coral Reefs Will Suffer If Climate Change Goes Unchecked
2012-09-17 12:17:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Time may be running out for the world´s coral reefs which could be severely victimized by rising global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, according to a new report in Nature Climate Change. "Our findings show that under current assumptions regarding thermal sensitivity, coral reefs might no longer be prominent coastal ecosystems if global mean temperatures actually exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above the...

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2012-09-08 08:09:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online "Out with the old and in with the new" is an adage we have all heard and probably lived by in this world of fast changing technology and fads.  But some tiny sea critters are showing us, newer isn't always better. Rhabdopleurids are small worm shaped animals that live on the ocean floor.  They build tube like homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams.  Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and they are definitely not...

Improving Water Quality May Help Save Coral Reefs
2012-08-20 16:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online It has been found that an unevenness of nutrients in reef waters can increase the bleaching vulnerability of reef corals according to Research from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Numerous polyps jointly forming a layer of living tissue that cover the calcareous skeletons make up the corals. Single-celled algae called zooxanthellae, which live within the coral polyps, is what they...

Liquid Robotics Wave Glider To Track Pacific Great White Sharks
2012-08-18 07:20:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Marine scientists in the US have deployed a surfing robot off the coast of San Francisco in order to help track tagged great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean, various media outlets reported Friday. According to Mark Prigg of the Daily Mail, the seven-foot long robotic "wave glider" was built by Liquid Robotics and resembles a yellow surfboard. It can reportedly detect signals from marked fish up to 1,000 feet away and relay their...

2012-08-03 23:00:03

Association with the open water swimming community helps guide company in providing safe and effective jellyfish and marine sting first aid products. Ocean City, NJ (PRWEB) August 03, 2012 Ocean Care Solutions, specializing in State of the Art Marine Life First Aid Kits and jellyfish sting relief solutions, works in concert with U.S., Asian and European swimming associations along with world class competitors to test and provide the latest, most comprehensively effective sting relief aid...

Ocean Fertilization Suffocates Carbon, Reduces Climate Change
2012-07-19 10:19:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The negative impact of climate change might be avoided by dumping massive amounts of iron into the world´s oceans, which smothers carbon dioxide for centuries, according to an international team of researchers who have recently published results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004. The new study, published in the science journal Nature, shows that sowing the ocean with iron particles sucks up...

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2012-07-11 09:36:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The acid levels of the world's oceans are increasing far faster than scientists had expected, making it one of the biggest threats to coral reefs and threatening both food supplies and the tourism industry, the head of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told reporters Monday. Speaking with Kristen Gelineau of the Associated Press (AP), Jane Lubchenco, head of the American scientific organization, said...

North Atlantic Phytoplankton Bloom Triggered By Eddies
2012-07-06 05:16:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists studying the annual growth of tiny plants in the North Atlantic Ocean have discovered that this year´s growth spurt began before the sun was able to offer the light needed to fuel the yearly phenomenon. The annual growth spurt of plankton, which is known as the North Atlantic Bloom, takes place each Spring, and results in an immense number of phytoplankton bursting into existence -- first "greening," then...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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