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2013-06-24 08:22:44

OneSubsea targets subsea oil production and recovery HOUSTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cameron and Schlumberger today announced that OneSubsea(TM), a joint venture to manufacture and develop products, systems and services for the subsea oil and gas market, has received all required regulatory approvals. The parties will close the transaction making OneSubsea operational on June 30, 2013. Cameron and Schlumberger have 60/40 ownership of the joint venture, respectively....

Mixed News For Pacific Northwest Oyster Industry In World Oceans Month
2013-06-13 10:38:01

National Science Foundation Ocean acidification inhibits shell formation, but interventions at hatcheries may offset some effects, scientists find For the past several years, it has struggled with significant losses due to ocean acidification. Oyster larvae have had mortality rates high enough to render production no longer economically feasible. Now a new study documents why oysters appear so sensitive to increasing acidity, but also offers some hope for the future. It isn't...

2013-06-13 10:00:50

Microbes are living more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Genetic material in mud from the bottom of the ocean – called the deep biosphere –revealed an ecosystem of active bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms at depths deeper than a skyscraper is high. The findings were published in Nature on June 12. “This...

2013-06-11 04:21:26

UPDATED 6/10/13 9 P.M.--Please note new locations for events at 9:30 & 12:30 p.m., new start time for Senate hearing (3 p.m.), and additional sponsor. WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Explorer and director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing. Central to their visit is the display of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER,...

2013-06-10 20:20:13

Proudly Introduce The MUSE GREEN STEAM Program (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Education Approach To Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution President and Director Susan K. Avery and MUSE School Founders Suzy Amis Cameron and Rebecca Amis will welcome students attending from schools throughout the eight wards of Washington, D.C. to an educational event across from the...

2013-06-10 16:20:22

ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Navy's integration onto an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) of the Northrop Grumman-built AQS-24A Side Look Sonar System to look for bottom and volume mines remotely. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) The repackaging of the sonar for USV use will build upon the proven capabilities of the AQS-24A. The AQS-24A and its...

Earthquake Sounds Help Predict Tsunamis
2013-06-07 11:27:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While seismologists have the ability to detect undersea earthquakes, they don´t know which ones will turn into tsunamis. Some ocean-based sensors are able to detect an approaching tsunami, but they can only provide a few minutes of advanced warning. According to a new report in The“¯Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, two Stanford University researchers have identified key acoustic characteristics of the...

2013-05-31 08:23:24

In its first public display, submersible that 'Avatar' director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence engineered and piloted for record-breaking solo dive to the deepest place on Earth will begin voyage from California Science Center to final home at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on June 1. LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Explorer and director James Cameron and other officials will celebrate the launch of a cross-country expedition of one of the world's...

Ice Age Did Not Stop The Arctic Current From Flowing
2013-05-30 05:30:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When thick ice covered the Arctic during the last ice age, many scientists assumed that the deep currents below the ice that feed the North Atlantic Ocean and help drive the global ocean currents slowed or possibly even stopped. A new study reveals that the deep Arctic Ocean has been churning briskly for the last 35,000 years, through the chill of the last ice age and warmth of modern times. These findings, published in the journal...

Absence Of Modern Day Greenhouse Gas Emissions Revealed By NRL Geochemistry Survey At Chatham Rise
2013-05-29 13:48:18

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Geochemistry analysis conducted by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory of fossil sediment injection structures off the New Zealand coast in February and March reveal no presence of modern day expulsions of methane gas, a potential contributor to global 'greenhouse effect' warming. The main focus of this most recent expedition was to investigate the geological origin of seafloor anomalies discovered during a 2007 marine-life survey on the Chatham Rise....


Latest Oceanography Reference Libraries

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

Current Sea Level Rise
2013-04-01 10:39:21

The sea levels all around the world are rising. Current sea-level rise has the potential to affect human populations and the natural environment. Two key factors have contributed to the observed sea level rise. The first is thermal expansion: as the ocean water warms, it expands. The second is from the influence of land-based ice because of increased melting. The major store of water on land is found in the glaciers and the ice sheets. The rising of sea levels is one of several lines of...

Ocean Acidification
2013-04-01 10:32:20

Ocean acidification is the name that was given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth’s oceans, a cause of the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. About 30 to 40 percent of the carbon dioxide that is released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into the lakes, oceans, and rivers. To maintain the chemical equilibrium, some of it reacts with the water to create carbonic acid. Some of these extra carbonic acid molecules react with a water molecule to provide a...

Basic Ocean Terms
2013-02-05 12:52:11

Image Credit: Meteorologist Joshua Kelly When meteorologists are forecasting for ocean-going vessels, there are a few terms that we need to understand. The first term is wavelength. Wavelength is defined as the distance between two crests or between two troughs as seen in the image above. The example above highlights the crest to crest concept of wavelength. The next term that we use is wave height, and to determine this, we first must look at the wave when it passes our station. When...

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...

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