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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Ocean Bacteria's Genes Are in Perfect Harmony
microbes under scanning electron microscope
July 10th, 2014
The bacteria in the oceans seem to tightly sync their metabolisms to the day-night cycle, which may allow them to survive in the nutrient-poor environment of the ocean, new research suggests.
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The Threat of Illegal Fishing Is Too Great to Ignore (Op-Ed)
trawling, fishing
June 24th, 2014
Illegal fishing is a $23-billion-a-year industry, and it's devastating the oceans.
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Life Blooms on Swirling Ocean Current (Photo)
Leeuwin Current off Western Australia
July 2nd, 2014
A strange paradox occurs off the coast of Western Australia: Though the Leeuwin Current brings nutrient-poor water to the area, phytoplankton still thrive in the region.
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President Obama to Expand Protection of Pacific Waters
June 17th, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama announced today (June 17) that he would use his executive authority to expand a marine protected area to prevent potentially harmful human activities in parts of the Pacific Ocean.
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Gorgeous Gulf of Alaska Seen from Space (Photo)
Gulf of Alaska with phytoplankton
May 27th, 2014
An aquamarine phytoplankton bloom adds a flourish to a beautiful satellite image of the Gulf of Alaska in springtime, captured May 2, 2014, by NASA's Aqua satellite.
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Plastic 'Trash Islands' Forming In Ocean Garbage Patch
trash island formed in great pacific garbage patch
July 18th, 2014
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is showing signs of permanence, with "trash islands" forming in it, observers have noted.
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Dreamy Desert View Captured from Space (Photo)
This astronaut photograph of the Saharan coastline was captured on May 20, 2014, by Expedition 40 aboard the International Space Station.
June 30th, 2014
Where the Sahara Desert meets the sea, winds sculpt the arid landscape in a series of parallel lines. Human activity in the form of mining is visible in a new astronaut photograph of the west coast of Africa.
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