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Drought: Air pollution link found
Air pollution is likely to have contributed to the catastrophic Sahel drought in Africa, says an Australian researcher. (2002-06-13)
Massive icebergs may affect Antarctic sea life and food chain
NASA-funded research using satellite data has shown large icebergs that have broken off from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf are dramatically affecting the growth of minute plant life in the ocean around the region -- plant life vital to the local food chain. (2002-04-22)
Too much sun can harm ocean life
Solar radiation has a much greater effect on ocean life than was previously thought. (2002-03-18)
Genomic tools reveal new microbial phototrophs in the ocean
Genomic technologies are now being taken to sea, and are helping researchers discover the identity--and more importantly--the ecological roles, of microbes in the ocean. (2002-02-06)
Ancient supernova may have triggered eco-catastrophe
An exploding star may have destroyed part of Earth's protective ozone layer 2 million years ago, devastating some forms of ancient marine life, a new theory says. (2002-01-08)
Scientists chart iron cycle in ocean
Scientists at the University of California have found that sunlight plays an important role in cycling iron in the ocean and making it available to marine life. (2001-09-26)
Plankton power
Organic matter on the seafloor is a potentially rich and practically inexhaustible source of energy. (2001-09-19)
Dartmouth researcher goes to Cape Cod to study cell division
Like many who visit Cape Cod in the summer, Roger Sloboda, Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College, goes for the clams. (2001-05-09)
NASA satellite spots unique ocean eddy
Scientists using NASA and other satellite data discovered an unusual long-lasting, whirlpool-like ocean eddy that generated a dramatic increase in the marine food supply off the Hawaiian coast in 1999. (2001-04-13)
Faster coagulation rates found in natural systems could impact industrial processing
Using new ways to analyze and describe the rate at which minute ocean-going groups of bacteria or plankton coagulate, a Penn State engineer has found that large aggregates of these groups collide with and capture additional particles millions of times faster than predicted by existing theories. (2000-08-19)
Global warming may be delayed by increase in ocean silica
Increases in ocean silica may be removing large amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide, delaying the onset of global warming. (2000-06-18)
Yale researchers attribute ancient high levels of oxygen in the atmosphere to the rise of trees and large plants
A new method of calculating oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere suggests that an increase more than 300 million years ago was caused by the rise and spread of trees and other vascular land plants, a Yale study finds. (2000-03-06)
Plankton are not affected by ozone depletion
Plankton are still blooming despite the ravages of ozone depletion. (2000-02-15)
Molecular probes link sea lion deaths to toxic algal bloom
New molecular probes used to identify toxic diatoms allowed researchers to link a bloom of these algae to the deaths of more than 400 California sea lions in Monterey Bay during May and June 1998. (2000-01-04)
Seabed Silt In Indian Ocean Consists Of Remains Of Summer Plankton
Almost 90% of the silt on the floor of the Indian Ocean consists of the remains of blooming plankton during the summer monsoon. (1999-04-13)
Alaska Scientists Say Salmon Declines Inevitable
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks say long- and short-term changes in the ocean, El Nino, and global climate warming all play a role in the decline of salmon returns to the state during the past two years. (1998-08-08)
New Method To Detect Metals Could Help Scientists
Contamination by metals in our nation's waterways, as well as in the human body, is a step closer to being easily detected. (1998-06-01)
Students To Take A "Sentimental Journey" Via The Internet
NOAA and the University of Washington have partnered to construct virtual learning community on the web. (1998-04-23)
Earth Cools In Persistent, 1,500-Year Rhythm, Say Columbia Scientists, Working From Sea Cores
Earth's climate cools significantly and abruptly every 1,500 years or so in a persistent, regular rhythm, a team led by scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reports in the Nov. (1997-11-13)
Scientists Conduct First Large-Scale Study Of Lake Superior
When the ice creaks, groans, and finally breaks up on Lake Superior next spring, a team of limnologists and oceanographers will launch a five-year study of a dramatic near-shore current in the lake. (1997-10-24)
Monsoons Of Arabian Sea Control Productivity And Carbon Export
Investigation of the oxygen and nutrient content of the Arabian Sea could help shed light on how monsoons influence ocean productivity and the carbon cycle, according to a Penn State oceanographer (1996-12-17)
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