celebrate national oceans month

NOAA's #30daysofOcean

The month of June is dedicated to spreading awareness of Earth’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is ocean and while there is only one global ocean that is geographically divided into distinct named regions. NOAA is promoting awareness of all oceans on their site with #30daysofOcean…what do you know about our oceans?

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bubbles may protect coral reefs

bubbles – could help protect coral reefs and other ocean ecosystems. Photo: Shutterstock

New research suggests that blowing tiny bubbles through seawater may help protect coral reefs from increasingly acidic oceans by stripping dioxide (CO2) from the coastal marine environments and transferring it to the atmosphere. The technique used by Stanford scientists could provide a relatively inexpensive solution to this threat facing coral reefs today. It is estimated that 30 to 60 percent […]

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major ocean methanol source: phytoplankton

Ocean Phytoplankton

Methanol occurs naturally and is found in the ocean where it is a food source for ravenous microbes that feast on it for energy and growth but where does it come from? Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have discovered a massive – and previously unaccounted for – source of methanol in the ocean: phytoplankton. The study found these plant-like organisms have a […]

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