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2012-08-29 15:33:22

NASA-funded researchers are making final preparations at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Mass., for an ocean-going campaign designed to shed new light on the link between ocean salinity and shifts in global precipitation patterns. Reporters are invited to attend a media briefing on the expedition at 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 5, at WHOI. Media also can participate via telephone. NASA's field campaign, named the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean...

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2012-01-21 04:33:16

Tracking Debris from Damaged Oil Rigs Could Help Forecast Coastal Impacts in the Future Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, mysterious honeycomb material was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico and along coastal beaches. Using state-of-the-art chemical forensics and a bit of old-fashioned detective work, a research team led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) confirmed that the flotsam were pieces of material used to maintain buoyancy of the pipe...

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2011-04-06 09:23:43

A search team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has located the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 some 3,900 meters, or nearly 2.5 miles, below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil's northeastern coast. The team left the port of Suape, Brazil, aboard the vessel Alucia on March 22, arriving at the search site on March 25. After one week of searching, one of the mission's three autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), the REMUS 6000s, detected debris on the seafloor....

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2011-02-03 14:20:00

WHOI Scientists and Engineers Provide Tools and Expertise to Assist with Discovery They were called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Until the late 19th century, New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces along Lake Rotomahana on the North Island, attracted tourists from around the world, interested in seeing the beautiful natural formations created by a large geothermal system. But the eruption of Mt. Tarawera on June 10, 1886, buried the terraces in sediment and caused the lake basin to enlarge,...

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2010-11-24 09:05:00

U.S. scientists have discovered a unique new species of worm that feeds on plankton and has 10 slender tentacles on its head--a creature they are affectionately dubbing the 'squidworm'. Using a robotic submersible in the Celebes Sea, off the coast of Indonesia, researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and the University of California, Santa Cruz discovered the creature at depths of 2,500 to 2,800 meters below sea level. The annelid, which grows to sizes of...

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2010-10-12 23:00:21

Contrary to some previous, highly publicized, reports, ocean acidification is not likely to worsen the hearing of whales and other animals, according to a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist who studies sound propagation in the ocean.Tim Duda, of WHOI's Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department, undertook a study in response to warnings that as the ocean becomes more acidic"”due to elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)--noise from ships will be...

2010-09-08 05:00:00

NANTUCKET, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- As sea levels continue to rise, what are coastal communities doing to adapt to and mitigate a situation that could result in the eventual displacement of millions of Americans and destroy beaches and coastal ecosystems? Leading government officials, policy-makers, scientists, insurance experts and others will join together at a conference here on September 24 to explore the issues from various points of view and discuss how some communities are...

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2010-03-26 08:16:25

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is part of an international sea search operation formed to locate the deep-sea wreck site of Air France Flight 447 and to retrieve the flight recorders from the Airbus A 330. Susan Avery, president and director of WHOI, said that the Institution "is honored to be part of this mission." A private, independent organization dedicated to marine research, engineering and higher education, "WHOI brings to the undersea search operation the necessary...

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2010-03-11 07:14:59

A deep-sea robot known as the "Autonomous Benthic Explorer" and made by Massachusetts researchers has been lost off the coast of Chile. Researchers immediately lost contact with the robot, nicknamed ABE, last Friday after it reached the Pacific Ocean floor, about 2 miles below the surface.  Scientist are assuming that a glass sphere that helped keep the $1.1 million robot buoyant may have imploded from the water pressure, destroying onboard communications.  This was the robot's...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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