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Image 1 - Scientists Find An Abundance Of Fresh Water In The Arctic
2012-01-23 08:09:14

[ Watch the Video ] A massive pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean -- a result of melting ice and river runoff -- has been discovered by British scientists who believe it is expanding and could lower temperatures in Europe by causing the ocean current to slow down. Scientists from University College London and Britain´s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic´s sea surface has risen by 6 inches since 2002. The rise could be due strong Arctic winds...

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2011-07-04 07:57:22

SEAPLEX researchers estimate tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested by fish in middle ocean depths of North Pacific Ocean The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Two graduate students with the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of...

2011-06-30 00:00:27

Green Builder Media announced today that environmentalist and explorer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, will be the next visionary presenter for its Impact Series: Game Changers in Sustainability webinar program. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 Green Builder Media announced today that environmentalist and explorer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, will be the next visionary presenter for its Impact Series: Game Changers in Sustainability webinar program. Eriksen will join Green Builder Media President Ron Jones...

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2011-02-08 13:34:54

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered an oceanic desert. The new data will help researchers predict the turtles' movements in the ever-changing environment of the open ocean, with the goal of reducing the impact of fishing on the endangered leatherback population. Leatherbacks.  They are the Olympians of the turtle world "“ swimming farther,...

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2010-08-15 09:51:23

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane formation decreases by 70 percent. That would be a big drop for a region that accounts for more than half the world's reported hurricane-force winds. It turns out that the formation of typhoons "” as hurricanes are known in the region "” is heavily mediated by...

2009-11-03 14:43:34

Nutrients in the Atlantic Large-scale distributions of two important nutrient pools "“ dissolved organic nitrogen and dissolved organic phosphorus (DON and DOP) have been systematically mapped for the first time over the Atlantic Ocean in a study led by Dr Sinhue Torres-Valdes of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The findings have important implications for understanding nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemical cycles and the biological carbon pump in the Atlantic Ocean. Tiny...

2009-08-28 09:45:38

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography says it's investigating whether a Texas-size vortex of trash in the Pacific Ocean could be turned into fuel. Scripps researchers recently returned from the area, dubbed the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, about 1,000 miles of the California coast. The patch, officially known as the North Pacific gyre, is one of five places in the world's oceans where trade winds trap floating debris and damage ecosystems, The San Diego Union Tribune reported Friday....

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2009-06-23 06:09:48

Biomass, metabolic activity much lower than at previously explored sites An international oceanographic research expedition to the middle of the South Pacific Gyre "“ a site that is as far from continents as it is possible to go on Earth's surface "“ found so few organisms beneath the seafloor that it may be the least inhabited sediment ever explored for evidence of life. Yet since half of the world's ocean is composed of similar gyres, biomass and metabolic activity may be...

2009-01-18 15:18:51

A British millionaire says he plans to set sail in a plastic raft to alert the world to a huge floating garbage dump drifting between Hawaii and California. David de Rothschild, 30, of the noted banking family, plans to set sail from San Francisco in April aboard a 60-foot raft of empty plastic water bottles, The Sunday Times of London reported. His destination is a becalmed region known as the north Pacific gyre where plastic waste covers an area five times the size of Britain. The world's...

2008-05-01 00:40:00

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new climate pattern called the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation. This new pattern explains, for the first time, changes in the water that are important in helping commercial fishermen understand fluctuations in the fish stock. They're also finding that as the temperature of the Earth is warming, large fluctuations in these factors could help climatologists predict how the oceans will respond in a warmer world. The research...