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2011-04-29 01:28:44

Study finds connection between atmospheric events and the deep ocean Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies"”known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface"”can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500 meters deep, transporting tiny sea creatures, chemicals, and heat from hydrothermal vents over large distances. The previously unknown deep-sea...

2011-04-27 23:59:49

Threading the climate needle: The Agulhas system The Agulhas Current which runs along the east coast of Africa may not be as well known as its counterpart in the Atlantic, the Gulf Stream, but researchers are now taking a much closer look at this current and its "leakage" from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic Ocean. In a study published in the journal Nature, April 27, a global team of scientists led by University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Associate...

2011-04-26 15:02:00

MONTREAL, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a second-quarter 2011 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of thirty-two and one-half cents (C$0.325) per common share will be paid on June 30, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 9, 2011. CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from...

2011-04-25 08:15:00

MONTREAL, April 25 /PRNewswire/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) will issue its first-quarter 2011 financial and operating results tomorrow, April 26, 2011, shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). CN's senior officers will review the results and the railway's outlook tomorrow afternoon in a 4.30 p.m. ET conference call/webcast. Parties interested in participating in, or listening to, the first-quarter 2011 presentation and following question-and-answer period by telephone should dial...

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2011-04-15 09:32:26

Wind blowing on the ocean is a crucial factor mixing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the ocean depths and keeping it from going back into the atmosphere. For more than two decades scientists have suspected there's another "“ possibly substantial "“ source of energy for mixing that's generated in the ocean where cold, heavy water collides with warm, light water. However, there's never been a way to get enough measurements of such a "front" to prove this "“ until now....

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2011-04-06 08:00:00

Virgin Group founder and British billionaire Richard Branson unveiled his plans this week to pilot a mini-submarine to the deepest depths of our oceans. The Virgin Oceanic project's first dive is set for later this year to explore the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, which is about 36,000 feet in depth. This will be followed by four other dives, which will include the Atlantic Ocean's Puerto Rico Trench at 28,232 feet underwater, the Indian Ocean's Diamantina Trench at 26,401 feet deep, the...

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2011-04-01 08:15:28

A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States has warned that the native fauna and unique ecology of the Southern Ocean, the vast body of water that surrounds the Antarctic continent, is under threat from human activity. Their study is published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. "Although  Antarctica is still the most pristine environment on Earth, its marine ecosystems are being degraded through the introduction of...

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2011-03-27 11:02:14

The freshwater content of the upper Arctic Ocean has increased by about 20 percent since the 1990s. This corresponds to a rise of approx. 8,400 cubic kilometers and has the same magnitude as the volume of freshwater annually exported on average from this marine region in liquid or frozen form. This result  is published by researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute in the journal Deep-Sea Research. The freshwater content in the layer of the Arctic Ocean near the surface controls whether...

2011-03-25 08:00:00

MONTREAL, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) will hold its 2011 annual meeting of shareholders in Toronto on April 27, 2011. The meeting, at The Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room, Lobby Level, 100 Front Street West, will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. CN will provide an audio webcast of the proceedings via the Investors section of its website, www.cn.ca/investors. CN also said that its Management Information Circular and Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, its...

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2011-03-17 10:19:55

Scripps researchers document the history of sudden global warming events, impacts on marine life Bursts of intense global warming that have lasted tens of thousands of years have taken place more frequently throughout history than previously believe, according to evidence gathered by a team led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers. Richard Norris, a professor of geology at Scripps who co-authored the report, said that releases of carbon dioxide sequestered in the...


Latest Ocean Reference Libraries

Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

Asia
2013-02-19 13:06:23

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is located mainly in the eastern and northern hemispheres covering 8.7 percent of the Earth’s whole surface area and making up 30 percent of its land area. With about 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60 percent of the world’s current human population. This continent has a high growth rate in the modern era. For example, during the 20th century, Asia’s population almost quadrupled. This continent is defined as making up the...

Ocean Analysis for November 17, 2012
2012-11-17 08:24:58

Point #1: Warm finger- This region inside the area marked number 1, represents a warm finger of the ocean temperatures. What is occurring is that the warmer air is being pushed faster in this region than the surrounding locations giving us this little finger of warmer temps in that region. Point #2: Warm Eddie- This is a region of warmer temps surrounded on all sides by colder water. Eddies are a closed circulation of water in the ocean that has in this case warmer temps around it. These...

Ocean Current Impacts On Weather
2012-07-30 13:25:48

The Peru Current flows from South to North along the western side of South America. This current transports colder air from the south northward towards the equator. This current is responsible for bringing cooler waters off the coast of Peru which is a big reason that they have such high fishing success. However this current can get altered during EL-Nino when the warmer waters of the Pacific are transported west to east and start to replace these colder waters. The Peru current is...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-30 09:39:02

Coastal Upwelling- this is defined as the moving of water from the deeper oceans upwards to the surface of the ocean very commonly found along our cold ocean currents, which are found along the West Coast of the United States and off the Peru coast. Coastal Sinking- this is defined as the warm waters moving in from the east and hitting the coastline and slowly filtering down towards the deeper ocean waters very slowly. This feature is common in our warm ocean currents such as the United...

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