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Tara Oceans mission reveals variations in plankton biodiversity

The Tara Oceans expedition shows the extent to which plankton in the oceans are affected by climate change. The findings not only help with climate change modelling, they inform about the fragility of the marine food chain.

Fossil fish with enormous mouth unearthed by paleontologists

Chicago - Lurking in Cretaceous seas, Rhinconichthys was an ominous-looking fish with an enormous jaw that it could swing shut to capture food. But it was only dangerous if you were plankton.

Why Arctic warming might be accelerating even faster

A new study, taking a different approach to understanding global warming, indicates that the microscopic creatures found within the Arctic Ocean can signal whether climate change is occurring.

Asian carp found in the Lake Erie basin

New York - New evidence indicates that invasive Asian carp have bred in the Lake Erie basin. Scientists fear the impact that the carp will have on established ecosystems.

Reading climate change by looking at the shells

Climate changes from millions of years ago are recorded at daily rate in sea shells. Studying ancient sea shells can provide valuable information about changes to the Earth’s environment.

Rising temperatures affect the natural cycles of the oceans

New research indicates that rising ocean temperatures, caused by a warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorus.

Decline in plankton signals alarm bells for food chain

Phytoplankton is barely visible to the naked eye. It also lies at the very bottom of the food pyramid. But now its rapid decline could shake the foundations of that very pyramid.

Phytoplankton Farming Scrutinized by Environmentalists

Selling Carbon Offsets have become scrutinized over the past few years, but one man found a way to sell them and save the planet. However environmentalists may have something to say about that and for good reason.

UK Scientist Reveals How CO2 Increase Affects Plankton Hunting Patterns In The Ocean

Levels of a climate cooling gas will change as CO2 increases, affecting oceanic food webs, says a UK scientist who studied plankton. He discovered the seaside smell is caused by plankton hunting activity, just like flowers attract bees through smell.

Earth's CO2 Problems Shifting to the Depths of the Oceans

Depending on your involvement, the word ocean might cause you outright pain, embarrassment or a joyous feeling of glee, following the wake of a spoof report a few days ago that claimed that oceanic bacteria, not human industry, causes most greenhouse gas.
 

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A schematic showing the abundance of plankton in the oceans. Plankton is richer near land masses  ow...
A schematic showing the abundance of plankton in the oceans. Plankton is richer near land masses, owing to the abundance of nutrient run-off. This map also plays an important role in assessing the amount of plankton biomass depletion.
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A researcher preparing to launch a CPR to record plankton and particulate matter  working aboard R/V...
A researcher preparing to launch a CPR to record plankton and particulate matter, working aboard R/V Oceanus in the western North Atlantic.
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Sea lice: Lepeophtheirus salmonis
Sea lice: Lepeophtheirus salmonis
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The North Atlantic around Alaska is the nesting area for millions of seabirds every year.
The North Atlantic around Alaska is the nesting area for millions of seabirds every year.
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