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A team of biologists has discovered an entirely new group of algae living in a wide variety of marine and freshwater environments.
Dead whales that sink down to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea animals that can last for years.
Over the past decade, the undersea robots known as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have become increasingly important in oceanographic research.
Algae obtain nitrate from deep waters 250 meters beneath the surface.
MBARI's Division of Marine Operations recently sent a high-tech robotic submersible to the oily waters of the Gulf of Mexico to collect information about the oil plume from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident for NOAA.
It sounds like a classic horror storyâ€”eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green "roots" to devour their bones. In fact, such worms do exist in the deep sea.
Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast.
Scientists at NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have successfully conducted the first remote detection of a harmful algal species and its toxin below the ocean's surface.
New calculations made by marine chemists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) suggest that low-oxygen "dead zones" in the ocean could expand significantly over the next century.
Scientists from two-dozen research organizations led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have decoded genomes of two algal strains, highlighting the genes enabling them to capture carbon and maintain its delicate balance in the oceans.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.