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2010-04-29 13:00:00

MONTREAL, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI), the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), Cerescorp Company Limited (Ceres) and Halterm Container Terminal Limited (Halterm) announced today an innovative agreement to better measure and align each party's performance in the Halifax Gateway supply chain and enhance the port's role as a preferred gateway on the east coast to Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. Midwest markets. The agreement establishes clear and defined performance...

2010-04-26 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 2010 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of 27 cents(C$0.27) per common share will be paid on June 30, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 9, 2010. CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and...

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2010-04-16 13:23:42

Evidence that the world's water cycle has already intensified is contained in new research to be published in the American Journal of Climate. The stronger water cycle means arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions wetter as atmospheric temperature increases. The study, co-authored by CSIRO scientists Paul Durack and Dr Susan Wijffels, shows the surface ocean beneath rainfall-dominated regions has freshened, whereas ocean regions dominated by evaporation are saltier. The paper...

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2010-04-16 10:50:00

Researchers have discovered a mass of floating plastic garbage, not unlike the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch discovered between Hawaii and California last decade, over a remote location in the Atlantic Ocean. "We found the great Atlantic garbage patch," Anna Cummins, one of those individuals who collected plastic samples from a location between Bermuda and the Azores Islands in February, told Associated Press (AP) reporter Mike Melia. "Our job now is to let people know that plastic...

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2010-04-12 07:10:00

A British scientific expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, known as 'black smokers', 3.1 miles (5000 meters) deep in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. Using a deep-diving vehicle remotely controlled from the Royal Research Ship James Cook, the scientists found slender spires made of copper and iron ores on the seafloor, erupting water hot enough to melt lead, nearly half a mile deeper than anyone has seen before. Deep-sea vents are undersea springs where...

2010-04-06 08:58:00

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, TED and Sylvia Earle, the 2009 TED Prize winner and world-renowned, deep-ocean explorer, announced the launch of Mission Blue to raise awareness of the urgent need to create Marine Protected Areas - Hope Spots - ranging from the deepest oceans to sunlit reefs. The announcement came on the first day of the Mission Blue Voyage, a one-of-a-kind conference hosted by TED from April 6-10 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos Islands....

2010-03-31 08:00:00

SEATTLE, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past five years consumers who have enjoyed a glass of Flying Fish can be proud that they've supported ocean conservation efforts. Flying Fish wine, produced in Columbia Valley, Washington, is a long-standing partner with Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit advocacy group. This year Flying Fish and Ocean Conservancy are raising awareness and dollars to support Ocean Conservancy's 25th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Ocean Conservancy's...

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2010-03-15 09:57:40

Australian and US scientists have discovered how changes in winds blowing on the Southern Ocean drive variations in the depth of the surface layer of sea water responsible for regulating exchanges of heat and carbon dioxide between the ocean and the atmosphere. The researchers' findings "“ published on-line today in Nature Geoscience "“ provide new insights into natural processes which have a major influence on the rate of climate change. The surface-mixed layer is a crucial...

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2010-03-03 10:58:11

Discovery, a First, Could Spur Exploration of Distant Mid-Ocean Ridge Scientists at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica, formerly a blank spot on the map for researchers wanting to learn more about seafloor formation and the bizarre life forms drawn to these extreme environments. Hydrothermal vents spew volcanically heated seawater from the planet's underwater mountain ranges"”the vast mid-ocean ridge...

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2010-02-23 14:42:48

Climatologists have long known that human-produced greenhouse gases have been the dominant drivers of Earth's observed warming since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But other factors also affect our planet's temperature. Of these, the ocean plays a dominant role. Its effects helped nudge global temperatures slightly higher in 2009, and, according to NASA scientists, could well contribute to making 2010 the warmest year on record. Covering 71 percent of our planet's surface, the ocean...


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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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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