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Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment
Cargo ships
November 18th, 2014
The demand for global trade is driving a huge growth in cargo shipping in the world's oceans, with nearly four times as many ships at sea than in 1992.
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Geological Wonderland: Thousands of Seamounts Discovered in New Seafloor Map
October 2nd, 2014
A new gravity map of Earth's seafloor fills in blanks and will reveal its geologic history in greater detail.
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Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought
A blue oak tree in California, drought, evaporation
December 5th, 2014
California's rain shortfall isn't unprecedented, but its parched soils are. Researchers blame the heat.
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Devastating Starfish Disease May Be Caused by Waterborne Virus
A diseased sea star in California.
November 17th, 2014
The mystery surrounding a gruesome disease that affects starfish on the Pacific coast might finally be put to rest.
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How Crafty Ocean Bacteria Conquer Food Deserts
ocean proteomics
September 4th, 2014
A small but mighty ocean bacterium can load up on scarce resources when food supplies run low. Scientists can track these bacterial proteins in seawater to detect low nutrient levels.
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Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized
ocean, warming, acidification, climate change, Southern Ocean, argo, global warming
October 6th, 2014
Study finds the upper levels of the planet’s oceans have been warming much faster than previously realized.
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Citizen Science Assists Coastal Ecosystem Studies
Julia Parrish is the founder and executive director of COASST
September 9th, 2014
The leader of the COASST ocean conservation group says why her work makes her feel like Jacques Cousteau.
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