Oceans

  1. flooded street in Annapolis
    Climate

    Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses

    Parking data from Annapolis, Md.’s historic downtown shows how tidal flooding, driven by sea rise, can hurt local business.

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  2. larsen c and iceberg A68
    Climate

    An Antarctic expedition will search for what lived under the Larsen C ice shelf

    The fourth attempt to investigate the seafloor once hidden by the Larsen C iceberg may have the best chance yet of success.

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  3. flooded road
    Climate

    2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, and it’s getting even hotter

    Record-level rains and temperatures struck different regions of the world in 2018, the fourth warmest year on record.

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  4. a photo of the Stange ice shelf
    Climate

    Collapsing ice cliffs may not contribute to sea level rise

    Scientists debate a controversial hypothesis that suggests that massive crumbling ice cliffs could speed up future sea level rise.

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  5. researchers in Prince Christian Sound
    Climate

    Climate change might not slow ocean circulation as much as thought

    New measurements may call for a rethink of what controls ocean circulation in the North Atlantic.

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  6. Emperor penguins
    Animals

    Young emperor penguins brave icy, winter waters in their first year

    Young emperor penguins learn survival skills on their own, including how to navigate Antarctica’s icy winter ocean.

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  7. desalination plant in Saudi Arabia
    Tech

    Desalination pours more toxic brine into the ocean than previously thought

    Desalination plants help offset the world’s growing water needs, but they also produce much more supersalty water than scientists realized.

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  8. floating shearwater bird
    Oceans

    Floating seabirds provide a novel way to trace ocean currents

    Seabirds idly drifting with ocean currents provide a novel way to track and understand how these flows change with time and location.

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  9. divers in a deep reef near Australia
    Animals

    Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef coral species also live in the deep sea

    There are more coral species lurking in the deep ocean that previously thought. That could be good news for their shallow water counterparts.

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  10. Siberian Traps
    Oceans

    Volcanic eruptions that depleted ocean oxygen may have set off the Great Dying

    Massive eruptions from volcanoes spewing greenhouse gases 252 million years ago may have triggered Earth’s biggest mass extinction.

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  11. hurricane satellite image
    Climate

    Warm tropical Atlantic waters juiced the 2017 hurricane season

    Anomalously warm ocean waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean drove 2017’s hurricane powerhouses.

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  12. computer rendering of Ocean Cleanup system
    Oceans

    A massive net is being deployed to pick up plastic in the Pacific

    As the Ocean Cleanup project embarks, critics remain unconvinced that scooping up debris is the best way to solve the ocean’s plastic problem.

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