Category Archives: Oceanography

The physics, chemistry, geology, and health of oceans and seas.

Scuba Divers Build Species Data Network

This is an image of a Lionfish shared on Diveboard by diver Jamie-Lee Thorpe. Credit: Jamie-Lee Thorpe

Species observations from thousands of scuba divers all over the world are now freely accessible via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Plankton Hunters

In the case of plankton, it is particularly appropriate, since where life on earth in general, and marine life in particular is concerned, one could hardly get more basic than plankton. Without it, there would be no sea life. There would also be much less oxygen for land-dwelling organisms. Continue reading…

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Geologists Discover the World’s Largest Volcano – Underwater

Tamu Massif's peak – in orange.  The associated footprint is larger than the area of the British Isles.
(source: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program of Texas A&M University)

In area, “it is… approximately the same as the British Isles or Olympus Mons on Mars, which is considered the largest volcano in the Solar System.” Continue reading…

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Follow the Voyages of Oceanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

NOAA has a wonderful set of live feed cameras that are quite addictive to anyone at all interested in the fun and thrill of exploration. These video feeds chronicle the travels of their research vessel Oceanos Explorer. Continue reading…

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Radioactive Cesium Levels at Fukushima Surge 9000% in Three Days. No One Knows Why

Second explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Photo: powertechexposed.com

Some of the highest levels of ionizing radiation yet detected since the disaster first occurred were recently recorded at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, according to shocking new reports. Continue reading…

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Forty-Four Years Later: F-1 engine salvaged from ocean floor is from Apollo 11 rocket

Recovery of anything from three miles beneath the ocean’s surface is a significant achievement, of course, but the very rocket engines that flew humans to their first lunar landing are obviously of particular historical importance. Continue reading…

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South Mississippi citizen scientists present lessons learned post-spill

TAMMY LEYTHAM/SUN HERALDBien Do and Tuat Nguyen, members of the Vietnamese fishing community, give a bilingual presentation Saturday on the effects of the oil spill on their livelihood.

Residents got a lesson on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill Saturday from citizen scientists during a community event held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Continue reading…

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Watching Sevengill Sharks

Sevengill shark sightings are on the rise off San Diego, and citizen-science divers who have been logging their close encounters are now looking for a biologist to help explain why the sharks have become more common off the coast since 2009. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Reef Monitoring Program Wins 2012 Katerva Award

reefCheck

In winning this 2012 Katerva Award, Reef Check Foundation has thus been named the world’s top Ecosystem Conservation organization.
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Citizen Science Proves Itself in Marine Study

The research, which has appeared in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, focuses on volunteer data collection in a marine diversity context and has found that the areas where professional scientists have the upper hand are largely balanced out by the advantages of recruiting amateur citizen scientists. Continue reading…

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