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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Scientists are still assessing the damage to coral communities from the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
COASST studies seasonal patterns of ocean debris to aid in the clean up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is showing signs of permanence, with "trash islands" forming in it, observers have noted.
More permanent features, such as "plastic islands" are forming within the great Pacific garbage patch.
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.
“Earth science” is a broad term that encompasses four main branches of study — geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy — each of which is further broken down into more specialized fields.
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.
A ship that sunk near San Francisco's Golden Gate in 1888 has been rediscovered by NOAA. The City of Chester sits upright in more than 200 feet of water.
A crushing dive into the ocean's darkest realms has revealed surprising differences among the marine life that populates the Pacific Ocean's deepest depths.
Images from a dive into the South Pacific's New Hebrides trench, which discovered marine creatures including cusk eels and bright red prawns.
The oceans are a lot more uncharted than our maps would have us believe. New satellite technology can help fill in the seafloor gaps.