Ocean

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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Dissolving Sea Stars Reveal a Damaged Ocean
A diseased sea star in California.
June 5th, 2015
Sea star wasting disease is just one more harbinger of weakened oceans.
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Sudden and Rapid Ice Loss Discovered in Antarctica
glacier
May 21st, 2015
Massive glaciers in the southern Antarctic Peninsula suddenly started to crumble and melt in 2009.
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Spring Colors Swirl in Picturesque North Atlantic
Plankton in northwest Atlantic Ocean
May 27th, 2015
A new NASA image hints at the complex factors that encourage giant plankton blooms in the North Atlantic.
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Amazing Waves Discovered in Deep-Ocean Trench
Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds
May 15th, 2015
The longest consecutive train of Kelvin-Helmholtz waves ever seen in the sea was spotted in the Atlantic Ocean's Romanche Fracture Zone.
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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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Billions of Blue Jellyfish Setting Sail for Beaches
velella
May 26th, 2015
Billions of by-the-wind sailors, also called Velella velella, could wash ashore in coming months because of favorable water temperatures and onshore winds.
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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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