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Catastrophic failure of South American Ice Age dam changed Pacific Ocean circulation and climate

The catastrophic release of fresh water from a vast south American lake at the end of the last Ice Age was significant enough to change circulation in the Pacific Ocean according to new research. The study reveals that the lake, which was about one third the size of Wales, drained several times between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, with devastating consequences.

Let’s watch Chris Berman hit a golf ball into the Pacific Ocean

This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is the Pebble Beach Pro-AM, which gives us not just an opportunity to watch the best golfers in the world play one of the most beautiful tracks in the world, but also a chance to watch famous sports people hack it up just like the rest of us. Show More Summary

Scientists in Panama call for alert as cobia, a potentially invasive fish, spreads

Cobia, a promising fish for aquaculture, lives throughout the world's oceans except in the Central and Eastern Pacific. In August 2015, a large number of young fish escaped from offshore cages in Ecuador. Cobia have recently been reported from the Colombian and Panamanian Pacific coast, indicating their rapid spread from the release site. Show More Summary

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Winston form

After Tropical Cyclone Winston formed between Vanuatu and Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw powerful thunderstorms had quickly developed. read more

At 65, Wisdom the albatross is again a new mom

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

For Wisdom the Laysan albatross, age truly is nothing but a number.The 65-year-old bird has hatched a chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean -- at least her sixth since 2006. No bird was known to have...Show More Summary

El Nino collapse appears to be underway

The collapse of El Nino in the tropical Pacific Ocean has begun and it will be rather dramatic. The current strong El Nino event reached its peak intensity level in December 2015 and all indications suggest it will completely flip to La Nina conditions by later this year. One of the important consequences of the…

NASA sees development of Tropical Storm 11P in Southwestern Pacific

The tropical low pressure area previously known as System 97P has developed into a tropical storm named 11P in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and gathered cloud top temperatures that showed powerful storms within, while NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm east of Vanuatu. read more

3 animals have died in 3 months at SeaWorld San Antonio

Dart was a Pacific white sided dolphin, the kind that's known for zipping through the water near the bows of ships and performing ocean acrobatics, one of the most active and playful species of an already active and playful animal. But for the past month, the 12-year-old SeaWorld San Antonio show...

United $943 LAX to SYD, Air New Zealand LAX and SFO to SYD, MEL, BNE Australia

Flight deals to Australia are hard to find. The remoteness of the continent from the USA, across the Pacific Ocean and down under means limited flights and high prices. My rule of thumb is any fare under $1,000 round trip to Australia is a good deal and far lower than average fares. Show More Summary

What Is El Niño, and Why Does It Have Such a Big Impact?

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

An El Niño is the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. This small change can have a big impact.

A Private Yacht in Indonesia Is the Best Place to See the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

This March, a full solar eclipse will enthrall stargazers around the globe. Visible only from certain parts of the Pacific Ocean, the majestic celestial show will be best glimpsed from Wayag Island in Indonesia. To give astronomy aficionados...Show More Summary

NASA Drone to Study El Nino Weather Changes Over Pacific Ocean

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Hawk drone will conduct missions over the Pacific Ocean to monitor the effects of El Nino current weather patterns, Northrop Grumman announced.

GOOS webinar: “PI-GOOS and the State of Operational Oceanography in the Pacific Islands Region”, 8 February 2016

Date & time: 8 February 2016, 23:00 UTC Presented by: Dr Tommy Moore, PI-GOOS Officer The Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance is the largest of the GOOS Regional Alliances and is made up of 21 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The “large island states” of the region are composed of a large […]

Plastic debris crossing the Pacific can transport more species with the help of barnacles

The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in. read more

Japan to Spend $107M on Tiny, Remote Island

A tiny island in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles south of Tokyo is about to get a pricey makeover courtesy of Japan. It's all about allowing Japan to stake its claim to oil, rare metals, and lucrative fishing in the area around Okinotorishima, reports the Guardian. Japan plans...

Gorgeous California Cabins Designed To Help Writers Push Through A Creative Block

The 280-square-foot cabins impart a monastic sensibility. Four compact, cedar-clad cabins are perched in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designed by Cass Calder Smith for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program—a...Show More Summary

Your Face Wash Is Killing the Pacific Oyster Population

Microbeads are the culprit. The prized Pacific oyster population is facing a diminutive but powerful enemy: t iny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean are affecting oysters' ability to reproduce, a new study reveals. The so-called...Show More Summary

Why you’ve heard of Amelia Earhart, but no other great woman pilots

We all know who Amelia Earhart is -- the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Think for a moment about why you know that. You probably can't name the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, or the first woman to circumnavigate the entire planet in an airplane by herself...

Was NASA's Global Hawk Drone Hacked?

Hackers from the AnonSec group who spent several months hacking Nasa have released a huge data dump and revealed they tried to bring down a $222m Global Hawk Drone into the Pacific Ocean. The hack included employee personal details,Show More Summary

Why Microsoft Is Testing Data Centers That Live On The Ocean Floor

The ocean is cold, dark, and awash in kinetic energy—which makes it surprisingly ideal for data centers. Last year, a dive crew dropped a perfectly fine server rack encased in steel into the Pacific Ocean. When they brought it back up a few months later, it looked like something that had been underwater for years, covered in algae and barnacles. Show More Summary

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