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2009-08-13 15:45:42

 The same things that make Alaska's marine waters among the most productive in the world may also make them the most vulnerable to ocean acidification. According to new findings by a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist, Alaska's oceans are becoming increasingly acidic, which could damage Alaska's king crab and salmon fisheries.This spring, chemical oceanographer Jeremy Mathis returned from a cruise armed with seawater samples collected from the depths of the Gulf of Alaska. When he...

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2009-08-06 10:15:00

The burning of fossil fuels has released tremendous amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, significantly impacting global climate. Were it not for the absorption of CO2 by the oceans, the alarming growth of atmospheric CO2 concentration would be substantially greater than it is. However, this beneficial role of the oceans as a CO2 "scrubber" does not come without undesired consequences. When dissolved, CO2 acts as an acid, and lowers seawater pH. Since the...

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2009-07-29 15:10:00

The ocean's smallest swimming animals, such as jellyfish, can have a huge impact on large-scale ocean mixing, researchers have discovered."The perspective we usually take is how the ocean--by its currents, temperature, and chemistry--is affecting animals," says John Dabiri, a Caltech bioengineer who, along with Caltech graduate student Kakani Katija, discovered the new mechanism. "But there have been increasing suggestions that the inverse is also important, how the animals themselves, via...

2009-07-28 14:54:00

SEATTLE, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- After eight weeks at sea following its departure on May 31 from Seattle, the crew of Ocean Watch - the 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat - representing the 13 month- long Around the Americas expedition has turned east into the ice-filled Northwest Passage after travelling a predominently northerly course. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-a) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-b) The Realities of the...

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2009-07-21 13:55:00

The head of the agency overseeing federal ocean research services said Monday that wind turbines, fish farms and other pressures on the nation's oceans are increasingly sparking conflicts with more traditional activities such as shipping and recreational boating and must be more carefully planned out, The Associated Press reported. The nation should take cues from Massachusetts, the first state to create a comprehensive planning map for its ocean waters, according to National Oceanic and...

2009-07-20 14:13:00

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 299 Foam Street Monterey, California 93940 PALM BEACH, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following letter by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is being republished by the Save the Earth Foundation: Neal Pargman, Founder Save The Earth 37594 Eveningside Road Palm Desert, CA 92211 Dear Neal, Many years before...

2009-07-20 15:02:00

MONTREAL, July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CN (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a third-quarter 2009 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of 25.25 cents(C$0.2525) per common share will be paid on Sept. 30, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 9, 2009. CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and...

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2009-07-20 10:40:00

The world's peak ocean science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed by Australian, German and US scientists to make climate projections more accurate. In Paris late last month the General Assembly of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) accepted the case for the introduction of a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity variable called Absolute Salinity. Hobart-based CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship...

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2009-07-17 10:43:16

Ocean-planning policies are urgently needed to prevent public waters from being damaged by overcrowding, U.S. activists said. The oceans are kind of the last frontier for use and development, said Amanda Leland, ocean policy director at the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group. Even in the 1970s we thought that the oceans were limitless resources of fish. We know today now that fisheries are collapsing all around the world. The United States is joining Denmark, Belgium, Britain and...

2009-07-15 12:11:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Planet Green announced the world premiere of ACID TEST: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION on Wednesday, August 12 at 10:30PM ET. Featuring narration and commentary by actress Sigourney Weaver, ACID TEST is a groundbreaking documentary produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge the survival of thousands of marine species. "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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