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21

Jul

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patchResearchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patch
Researchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

18

Jul

'Luminous Sea' offers glimpse of colorful marine life
As a professional photographer, avid diver and marine life advocate, Richard Salas has spent the last decade immersing himself in and documenting the underwater habitats of western North America. The product of his journey is the “Sea of Light” trilogy, a fascinating series of photo books that highlights the vibrant colors and textures of these mysterious aquatic worlds.

17

Jul

fromgrapevine:

Exploring Eilat’s beautiful Coral Reef Nature Reserve
This protected marine ecosystem in the Red Sea teems with vibrant life.

07

Jul

Fluorescent dye highlights surprising beauty of spongesTo study how sponges filter feed, researchers injected a harmless fluorescent dye into the water near the animals and filmed as the dye passed through them.

Fluorescent dye highlights surprising beauty of sponges
To study how sponges filter feed, researchers injected a harmless fluorescent dye into the water near the animals and filmed as the dye passed through them.

03

Jul

4 tips about rip currents that could save your lifeHurricane Arthur is expected to churn up dangerous rip currents along the U.S. East Coast this Fourth of July weekend. Here are four surprising facts to keep in mind anytime you’re near a beach.

4 tips about rip currents that could save your life
Hurricane Arthur is expected to churn up dangerous rip currents along the U.S. East Coast this Fourth of July weekend. Here are four surprising facts to keep in mind anytime you’re near a beach.

01

Jul

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearingScientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing
Scientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

26

Jun

letsriseonup:

This is how your trash ends up in the oceans.

letsriseonup:

This is how your trash ends up in the oceans.

18

Jun

Obama proposes Earth’s largest marine sanctuaryCovering more than 500 million acres of ocean, the expanded marine sanctuary would be four times larger than California. It could also help nurture the region’s ongoing boom in nature preservation.

Obama proposes Earth’s largest marine sanctuary
Covering more than 500 million acres of ocean, the expanded marine sanctuary would be four times larger than California. It could also help nurture the region’s ongoing boom in nature preservation.

13

Jun

Climate change now causing the dead to riseAs if rising sea levels and more intense weather weren’t bad enough. The newest negative effect of climate change? The rising dead.

Climate change now causing the dead to rise
As if rising sea levels and more intense weather weren’t bad enough. The newest negative effect of climate change? The rising dead.

02

Jun

Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage PatchA single-celled, coral-killing creature with ‘devil horns’ has been found on microplastics in the open Pacific Ocean, raising concerns that plastic pollution can help dangerous species invade new habitats.

Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
A single-celled, coral-killing creature with ‘devil horns’ has been found on microplastics in the open Pacific Ocean, raising concerns that plastic pollution can help dangerous species invade new habitats.