New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Large freshwater aquifers can be found under the porous crust of Earth’s oceans. Though it has been difficult to obtain aquifer samples for study without contaminating the sample or the source with the ocean’s saltwater, it has been predicted that they contain as much as 1/3 of the world’s biomass. A new study into these aquifers has revealed a new species of microbes that Continue reading New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

Beautiful Biofluorescent Eels Discovered

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If you want a disco, take a dive to the depths of the ocean. Youll find flashing clams, blinking jellyfish, glowing turtles, and neon sharks. But it seems were far from discovering all the party-goers: Scientists have now found two examples of fluorescent eels, and they look pretty awesome.

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In The Ocean, The Most Harmful Plastic Is Too Small To See

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There are at least 268,000 tonnes of plastic floating around in the oceans, according to new research by a global team of scientists.

The world generates 288m tonnes of plastic worldwide each year, just a little more than the annual vegetable crop, yet using current methods only 0.1% of it is found at sea. The new research illustrates as much as anything, how little Continue reading In The Ocean, The Most Harmful Plastic Is Too Small To See

Giant Extinct Volcano Discovered In Pacific Ocean

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Scientists scanning the unfathomed Pacific seafloor have discovered a gargantuan mountain lurking some 5,100 meters (16,700 ft) beneath the ocean surface.

The towering seamount rises 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) from the bottom of the ocean floor near the Johnson Atoll, 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of the uninhabited Jarvis Island.

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Garbage-Catching Floating Dams Could Help Clean Worlds Oceans

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A giant floating barrier designed to collect plastic waste that has been dumped into the sea will be tested later this year, with plans to eventually deploy the new technology in some of the most polluted areas of the worlds oceans. Designed by The Ocean Cleanup, the 100-meter-long (330 feet) structure is to be trialled 23 kilometers (14 miles) off the coast of Holland, where it will act like a floating dam, trapping bags, bottles and other waste.

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NASA Capture North Atlantic’s Blooming Phytoplankton

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Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms thatfloat around the worlds oceans and bodies of water, converting sunlight into energy and acting as a base for the aquatic food chain. Though small in size, these tiny creatures have a huge effect on carboncyclingand are even believed to influence clouds and climate. Their monolithic power lies in their sheer numbers, which are seasonally boosted duringhuge natural blooms.

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The Oceans Could Soon Not Have Enough Oxygen To Support Marine Life

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As the climate continues to change in response to the increasing amount of carbonhumans pump into the atmosphere, the oceans are being particularly hard hit from melting Arctic sea ice, acidification, and warming surface temperatures.Yet those are not the only difficulties thatmarine life has to deal with, as a new study reports that the oceans are also losing oxygen.

As the majority of marine liferelieson the oxygen di Continue reading The Oceans Could Soon Not Have Enough Oxygen To Support Marine Life