S.Korea completes world's longest seawall
South Korea formally marked completion of the world's longest seawall on Tuesday, the first step in a massive project aimed at reclaiming the ocean for industry, tourism and agriculture by 2020.
Whale poo could aid climate, say Aussie scientists
Australian scientists have discovered an unlikely element in the fight against climate change -- whale poo.
CO2 emissions causing ocean acidification to progress at unprecedented rate
The changing chemistry of the world's oceans is a growing global problem, says the summary of a congressionally requested study by the National Research Council, which adds that unless man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions ...
A system that's worth its salt: New approach to water desalination could lead to small, portable units
(PhysOrg.com) -- Potable water is often in high demand and short supply following a natural disaster like the Haiti earthquake or Hurricane Katrina. In both of those instances, the disaster zones were near ...
Deep sedimentation of acantharian cysts -- a reproductive strategy?
Spore-like reproductive cysts of enigmatic organisms called acantharians rapidly sink from surface waters to the deep ocean in certain regions, according to new research. Scientists suspect that this is part of an extraordinary ...
Scientists locate apparent hydrothermal vents off Antarctica
Scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica, formerly a blank spot on the map for researchers wanting to learn ...
Study Examines How Nanoparticles Affect Marine Organisms
(PhysOrg.com) -- When nanoparticles from consumer products leach into the ocean, they may harm oysters and mussels.
1,000m underground central heating system planned
(PhysOrg.com) -- A pioneering scheme to build a giant central heating system that will harness heat from deep underground is being developed by university scientists.
Oceans becoming noisier thanks to pollution -- report
The world's oceans are becoming noisier thanks to pollution, with potentially harmful effects for whales, dolphins and other marine life, US scientists said in a study published Sunday.
Portions of Arctic coastline eroding, no end in sight, says new study
The northern coastline of Alaska midway between Point Barrow and Prudhoe Bay is eroding by up to one-third the length of a football field annually because of a "triple whammy" of declining sea ice, warming ...
Acid test: Study reveals both losers and winners of CO2-induced ocean acidification
(PhysOrg.com) -- As the world’s seawater becomes more acidic due to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, some shelled marine creatures may actually become bigger and stronger, according to a new study.
Climate change in Kuwait Bay
Since 1985, seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay, northern Arabian Gulf, has increased on average 0.6°C per decade. This is about three times faster than the global average rate reported by the Intergovernmental ...
A motley collection of boneworms (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- It sounds like a classic horror story -- eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green "roots" to devour their bones. In fact, such worms do exist ...
Oases for Life on the Mid-Caymen Rise
A team of oceanographers and astrobiologists is currently exploring one of the deepest points in the Caribbean Sea. Follow their blog as they search for life in this extreme seafloor environment.