Tuesday 27 March 2012
Cameron emerges from the deepNew Zealand Herald | 27 Mar 2012
In James Cameron's fantasy films, like Avatar and The Abyss , the unexplored is splashed in colour and fraught with alien danger. The reality he just explored, the deepest part of Earth's oceans, appears more bland, white and barren.
Hammerhead shark double whammyEurekAlert | 27 Mar 2012
(Nova Southeastern University) New look-alike species may muddy the water for an endangered hammerhead.
NRL scientists optimize arctic sea ice data productsEurekAlert | 27 Mar 2012
(Naval Research Laboratory) Recent dramatic changes in the characteristics of the Arctic sea ice cover have sparked the demand for improved monitoring and forecasting. NRL and NASA are collecting data to aid in the validation and calibration for the development of predictive sea ice models.
Size matters: Large Marine Protected Areas work for dolphinsEurekAlert | 27 Mar 2012
Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas - long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals - actually work. Their study reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector's dolphins - one of the rarest dolphins in the world.
New research reveals deep-ocean impact of the Deepwater Horizon explosionEurekAlert | 27 Mar 2012
Compelling evidence of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea corals will be published online in the Early Edition of PNAS during the week beginning March 26, 2012. The researchers, led by a Penn State biologist, used a wide range of underwater vehicles, including the research submarine Alvin, as well as comprehensive chemical-analysis techniques to determine precisely the source of the petroleum hydrocarbons they found on the corals.
WHOI-led Team to Study Ocean's Greatest DepthsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 27 Mar 2012
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of Hawaii, Whitman College and international colleagues will conduct the first systematic study of life in the deepest marine habitat on Earth—ocean trenches.
Total: "may be months" to stop North Sea gas cloudReuters | 27 Mar 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - A cloud of explosive natural gas boiling up from the North Sea out of a leak at Total's evacuated Elgin platform forced another shutdown off the Scottish coast on Tuesday as the French firm warned it could take six months to halt the flow.
'Ghost ship' off Canada heralds arrival of tsunami debrisReuters | 27 Mar 2012
SEATTLE (Reuters) - An empty Japanese fishing boat drifting off the coast of western Canada could be the first wave of 1.5 million tons of debris heading toward North America from Japan's tsunami last March.
Rare NZ dolphin survival boostedBBC | 27 Mar 2012
Hector's dolphins living off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand, have benefitted from the area's special designation, say scientists.
Concern for US tuna bycatchWorld Fishing | 27 Mar 2012
Concern is being expressed by the American Bluefin Tuna Association (ABTA) regarding a proposal by NMFS that purports to allow the continuation of the present level of bycatch and discards of Atlantic bluefin tuna.
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