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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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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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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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
seamounts
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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Ocean Warming: Probing a Blue Abyss
Pacific Ocean
December 30th, 2014
Big climate news burbled out of the ocean in 2014. Most research findings were hot, but not pretty.
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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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