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Seaweed Spotlight: A Rare Glimpse into Beautiful Ocean Kelp Forests (Photos)

Kelp (Laminaria ochroleuca) in the Gorringe Bank in the Atlantic, pictured during an Oceana Ranger Transoceanic Expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Carlos Calvin) Forest ecosystems are critical for the survival of terrestrial life, but did you know that such ecosystems exist in the oceans too? Kelp, a type of seaweed, can form dense forests underwater. Show More Summary

Janusaurus lundi: a new Ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaur From Upper Jurassic Norway

A New Upper Jurassic Ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaur from the Slottsmøya Member, Agardhfjellet Formation of Central Spitsbergen Authors:Roberts et alAbstract:Abundant new ichthyosaur material has recently been documented in the Slottsmøya Member of the Agardhfjellet Formation from the Svalbard archipelago of Norway. Show More Summary

Early Permian Continental Environment had a Greater Latitudal Temperature Gradient Than Marine

Global continental weathering trends across the Early Permian glacial to postglacial transition: Correlating high- and low-paleolatitude sedimentary recordsAuthors:Yang et alAbstract:Time-equivalent Early Permian sedimentary successions...Show More Summary

A little unexpected Monday Morning Zen with a Portuguese Man-of-War

It’s monday morning and I’m dragging a little. You might be too. But this gorgeous video of Portuguese Man-o-War by Aaron Ansarov (via National Geographic) reminded me of all the amazing things and processes that remain to be studied in the ocean. And that just perked me right up! Ansarov is a retired U.S. Navy combat photographer, who […]

Ocean Roundup: Methane Seeping from U.S. Atlantic Seafloor, Iceland’s Caught Scores of Endangered Fin Whales, and More

Methane rising from the seafloor off Virginia. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - According to a new report by the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, California is “woefully unprepared” for sea level rise. Show More Summary

Evidence From China PaleoProterozoic Plate Tectonics did NOT Shutdown

Early Paleoproterozoic (2.45–2.20 Ga) magmatic activity during the period of global magmatic shutdown: Implications for the crustal evolution of the southern North China CratonAuthors:Diwu et alAbstract:A global database of zircon ages from both granitoids and detrital sediments shows an exceptionally and robust ages gap between 2.45 and 2.20 Ga. Show More Summary

Ocean acidification and policy failure

The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) invites everyone to a free public lecture as part of the Sustainability in the Anthropocene series. Event date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014 Event time: 1-2pm Event location: Theatre...Show More Summary

Diverse coral communities in mangrove habitats suggest a novel refuge from climate change

Risk analyses indicate that more than 90% of the world’s reefs will be threatened by climate change and local anthropogenic impacts by the year 2030 under “business-as-usual” climate scenarios. Increasing temperatures and solar radiation cause coral bleaching that has resulted in extensive coral mortality. Show More Summary

Organic matter production response to CO2 increase in open subarctic plankton communities: Comparison of six microcosm experiments under iron-limited and -enriched bloom conditions

Increase in seawater pCO2 and the corresponding decrease in pH caused by the increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration (i.e., ocean acidification) may affect organic matter production by phytoplankton communities. Organic matter production forms the basis of marine food webs and plays a crucial role in oceanic CO2 uptake through the biological carbon pump, and hence will […]

China in Latin America

This July, Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on state visits to Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela and attended a summit of the loose group of major developing countries known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Fortaleza, Brazil. Show More Summary

Tortoise Sorting

Indian star tortoise Geochelone elegans, copyright P. G. Palmer. As a whole group, the 'true' tortoises of the family Testudinidae are easily recognised, with a usually terrestrial habitus (though at least one species, the serrated hinge-back...Show More Summary

Thank you: The Gorlovka Evac Fund Raiser

I want to say thank you to all of you who contributed. It is deeply appreciated. We are moving to do what we can now with the funds raised. We only raised about 1/3 of what we were hoping for, but this is an Ukrainian tale, not an American one, so its not unexpected. Show More Summary

Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

Male giraffe weevils use their impressive snouts to win females, but less-endowed males use sneaky tactics to mate just as often

Ocean acidification threatens economies and cultures around the world (text & video)

Ocean Conservancy intern Alexis Valauri-Orton spent the last three months on a journey around the world learning about ocean acidification. She visited marine communities most at risk from ocean acidification and saw firsthand how dire the need is for more research, guidance and infrastructure to prepare for the challenges ahead. She produced a video, shown […]

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