Physical Oceanography

Stories about the physics, chemistry and geology of the oceans

What’s Altering Rhode Island’s Nitrogen Cycle?

Written by on May 14, 2014 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
What’s Altering Rhode Island’s Nitrogen Cycle?

Anammox contributes to the health of waterways by removing excess nitrogen that could result in harmful algae blooms.

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Ancient Antarctica Used To Be As Warm As California

Written by on April 23, 2014 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Ancient Antarctica Used To Be As Warm As California

The last time atmospheric CO2 concentrations were this high (and higher), parts of Antarctica were as warm as California and Florida are today.

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Fukushima & Our Oceans – Part 2

Written by on December 10, 2013 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Fukushima & Our Oceans – Part 2

This is part two of an article that takes a brief look at some of the current news, science, and reports behind the Fukushima ‘triple disaster’ and our oceans.

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Fukushima & Our Oceans – Part 1

Written by on December 9, 2013 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Fukushima & Our Oceans – Part 1

This article aims to take a brief look at some of the current news, science, and reports behind the Fukushima ‘triple disaster’ and our oceans.

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Arctic Ocean Could See More Invasive Species as Waters Warm

Written by on November 5, 2013 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Arctic Ocean Could See More Invasive Species as Waters Warm

Today’s highlights include the ocean’s ability to store heat, a potential increase in invasive species in the Arctic Ocean, and the mass sea star die-off.

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Why Isn’t This Reef Affected By Ocean Acidification?

Written by on October 22, 2013 in Coral Reefs, Editor's Choice, Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Why Isn’t This Reef Affected By Ocean Acidification?

A new documentary series will explore Earth’s reaction to human activity and it will begin under the sea with coral reefs and ocean acidification.

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Tropical Cyclones Cause Significant Damage to Coral Reefs

Written by on October 21, 2013 in Coral Reefs, Other News, Physical Oceanography
Tropical Cyclones Cause Significant Damage to Coral Reefs

New research reveals that tropical cyclones significantly add to acidification problems currently being suffered by coral reefs.

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What Are Seamounts?

Written by on October 16, 2013 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
What Are Seamounts?

You asked. We answered. Here’s an overview of one of the ocean’s most common habitats.

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Plankton Switching Roles in Arctic Ecosystem

Written by on March 20, 2013 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Plankton Switching Roles in Arctic Ecosystem

The Arctic Ocean experiences a two-week algal bloom every spring that fuels the food web for the whole year. But as ocean temperatures rise, this could become a problem.

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Ocean Acidification Goes Beyond Damaging Shells

Written by on March 13, 2013 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Ocean Acidification Goes Beyond Damaging Shells

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, ocean acidification continues to threaten shelled organisms. But, new research shows that the shells aren’t the only parts in danger…

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