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Find out everything there is to know about the ocean and stay updated on the latest oceanic news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and beautiful images of the ocean at LiveScience.com. Learn more about the Earth's oceans as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about our largest bodies of water.
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Mysterious East Coast Flooding Caused by Weird Wind Patterns
Coastal flooding in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2012.
February 24th, 2015
Mysterious flooding and high tides along the East Coast in 2009 and 2010 now have an explanation: a major change in the Atlantic Ocean's wind patterns and warm-water currents.
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Did Ocean's Big Burps End Last Ice Age?
glacier
February 11th, 2015
A massive outpouring of carbon dioxide from the deep ocean helped end the last ice age, scientists report today.
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Watch Very '80s Footage of 'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark at Work
Eugenie Clark in Pisces VI
February 27th, 2015
This week, ocean explorers mourned the loss of a legend in their field: Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and authority on sharks.
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Deepest Ocean Water Teems With Life
Challenger Deep
February 23rd, 2015
Microscopic bacteria thrive in seawater at the lowest point on Earth's surface, the Mariana Trench.
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Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace
Tibet glacier
January 21st, 2015
Melting glaciers pose another threat beyond sea level rise. They will dump massive amounts of organic carbon into the world's oceans, altering ecosystems.
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Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus
Antarctica's Twaites Glacier, climate change, ice melt
December 29th, 2014
The melting of Earth's polar ice came into starker relief in 2014, with real implications for sea level rise.
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Cool Pacific Ocean Slowed Global Warming
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
February 26th, 2015
The Pacific was a planetary air conditioner for the past two decades, but the relief may soon end, a new study finds.
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Vast Bed of Metal Balls Found in Deep Sea
Manganese nodule
February 17th, 2015
One of the richest beds of manganese nodules ever found on the Atlantic seafloor was discovered last month while trolling for deep-sea creatures between South America and Africa.
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Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Life Spans
Bowhead whale
January 5th, 2015
Researchers have charted the bowhead whale's genome in a search for genes that fight off aging.
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