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Tracing the puzzling origins of clinging jellyfish

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The first genetic study of the diversity of clinging jellyfish populations around the globe has discovered some surprising links among distant communities of jellies and also revealed there may be more than one species of the infamous stinger. The paper published April 18 in the journal Peer J.

Volcanic arcs form by deep melting of rock mixtures

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A new study published in the journal Science Advances changes our understanding of how volcanic arc lavas are formed, and may have implications for the study of earthquakes and the risks of volcanic eruption.

Corals die as global warming collides with local weather in the South China Sea

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha Atoll, a shallow coral reef ecosystem, killing approximately 40 percent of the resident coral community within weeks, according to a study published in Scientific Reports this week.

Why a Naval War Between China and America Would Be an Epic Showdown

Harry J. Kazianis Security, Asia What would happen?  Back in the Winter 2010 edition of  Orbis,  the always smart James Kraska, at the time an investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, presented his readers with a terrifying prospect: the possibility that China would be able sink a U.S. Show More Summary

Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) scientists from MIT, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Southampton in the UK have identified a mechanism by which waters may rise from the ocean's depths to its uppermost layers. Their results are published today in the journal Nature Communications.

Taking earth's inner temperature

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle--the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer -- may be hotter than previously believed. Show More Summary

Melting temperature of Earth's mantle depends on water

(Carnegie Institution for Science) A joint study between Carnegie and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has determined that the average temperature of Earth's mantle beneath ocean basins is about 110 degrees Fahrenheit (60 Celsius) higher than previously thought, due to water present in deep minerals.

IMBIZO 5: “Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management”, 2-5 October 2017, Woods Hole, USA

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 May 2017! The fifth IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) will be hosted by the Ocean, Carbon & Biogeochemistry Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2-6 October 2017. IMBIZO 5 will follow the usual format of three concurrent but interacting workshops. The […]

Panel to discuss deep-sea mining at AAAS Meeting

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A panel of scholars including Stace Beaulieu, a deep-sea biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will discuss the pros and cons of deep-sea mining during the symposium, "Should We Mine the Seafloor?" scheduled on Saturday, February 18, at the AAAS meeting in Boston, MA. Show More Summary

Antarctic bottom waters freshening at unexpected rate

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) In the cold depths along the sea floor, Antarctic Bottom Waters are part of a global circulatory system, supplying oxygen-, carbon- and nutrient-rich waters to the world's oceans. Over the last decade, scientists have been monitoring changes in these waters. Show More Summary

Meet the man looking for aliens—in the Arctic

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Searching for the origins of life in the deep sea. Illustration by Kendrick Kidd Chris German Age: 53 Affiliations: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Specialty: Geochemistry, finding life in extreme habitats You might not expect an oceanographer to be...

Salty oceans can forecast rain on land

At this week's American Geophysical Union meeting, a team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) presented their latest research findings on the long-range predictions of rainfall on land. Their method is based on ocean salinity rather than sea surface temperatures, which has been the standard for decades.

New studies take a second look at coral bleaching culprit

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) When it comes to coral health, superoxide -- a natural toxin all oxygen-breathing organisms produce -- gets a bad rap.

New study explains mysterious source of greenhouse gas methane in the ocean

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) For decades, marine chemists have faced an elusive paradox. The surface waters of the world's oceans are supersaturated with the greenhouse gas methane, yet most species of microbes that can generate the gas can't survive in oxygen-rich surface waters. Show More Summary

Acoustic buoy now detecting rare, endangered whales in New York Bight

An acoustic buoy recently deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and WCS's (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium is making its first near real-time detections of two rare great whale species in the New York Bight, including the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Study reveals previously unknown component of whale songs

Researchers have known for decades that whales create elaborate songs, sometimes projecting their calls for miles underwater. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, has revealed a previously unknown element of whale songs that could aid this mode of communication, and may play a pivotal role in locating other whales in open ocean.

WHOI study reveals previously unknown component of whale songs

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Researchers have known for decades that whales create elaborate songs, sometimes projecting their calls for miles underwater. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however,...Show More Summary

New 13-year study tracks effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton

A new multiyear study from scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown for the first time how changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton. The study, published in the October 21 issue...Show More Summary

New 13-year study tracks effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A new multiyear study has shown for the first time how changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton. The study tracked levels of Synechococcus -- a tiny bacterium common in marine ecosystems -- near the coast of Massachusetts over a 13-year period. Show More Summary

Flood Study Finds 'Things Are Going to Get Worse'

More grim news from researchers using computer model projections and historical data to predict future weather changes. Scientists at Rutgers University, Princeton University, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that, based on the accelerated rate of climate change in...

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