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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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Underwater Maids: Mussels and Clams Could Mop Up Waterways
California floater mussels
August 20th, 2014
They might not have feather dusters, brooms or even arms and legs, but bivalves — such as clams, mussels and oysters — make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
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Citizen Science Aims to Clean Up Pacific Plastics
COASST interns size up a plastic bag which can be a hazard for sea turtles
July 28th, 2014
COASST studies seasonal patterns of ocean debris to aid in the clean up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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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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Coral Miles Away Still Show Effects Years After BP Oil Spill
Coral damaged by BP oil spill.
July 31st, 2014
Scientists are still assessing the damage to coral communities from the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
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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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