California's rain shortfall isn't unprecedented, but its parched soils are. Researchers blame the heat.
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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.
The mystery surrounding a gruesome disease that affects starfish on the Pacific coast might finally be put to rest.
A new gravity map of Earth's seafloor fills in blanks and will reveal its geologic history in greater detail.
The leader of the COASST ocean conservation group says why her work makes her feel like Jacques Cousteau.
A small but mighty ocean bacterium can load up on scarce resources when food supplies run low. Scientists can track these bacterial proteins in seawater to detect low nutrient levels.
Lurking some 3.2 miles (5.1 kilometers) beneath the Pacific Ocean, a massive mountain rises up from the seafloor, say scientists who discovered the seamount using sonar technology.
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.
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.