Category: Earth Observation

A decade in, have Australia’s no-take reserves protected life on the Reef?

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Originally Published by EurekAlert!The expansion of no-take marine reserves (NTMRs) within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park more than a decade ago is working to protect fish just as experts had hoped it would, say researchers who have been monitoring the reef via underwater surveys. The findings, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology […]

New lobster-like predator found in 508 million-year-old fossil-rich site

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science(University of Toronto) What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago — more than […]

Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean

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Originally Published by EurekalertA University of Colorado Boulder study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton — tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change.  

Swirls of Color in the Yellow Sea

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Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryThe Yellow Sea is among the most turbid and dynamic ocean areas in the world.

Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianResearch published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’ Continue reading…

Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360The good news is the world’s oceans have not experienced the extinctions that have occurred on land. But as ecologist Douglas McCauley explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview, marine life now face numerous threats even more serious than overfishing. BY FEN MONTAIGNE

Google Earth plugin showcase: HeyWhatsThat eclipse

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Originally Published by Google Earth BlogThis is the twelfth in our series showcasing the Google Earth plugin. This Friday, March 20th, 2015 there will be a total solar eclipse. We have looked at number of eclipses in the past and one of our favourite tools is the HeyWhatsThat website’s eclipse page that makes excellent use […]

Tracking Sea Turtles Across Hundreds of Miles of Open Ocean

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Originally Published by Ocean News and TechnologyScientists have long known that leatherback sea turtles travel thousands of miles each year through open ocean to get from foraging habitats to nesting beaches and tropical wintering grounds, but how the wanderers find their way has been “an enduring mystery of animal behavior,” says marine biologist Kara Dodge. […]

Atlantic Sturgeon: An Ancient Fish Struggles Against the Flow

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Once abundant in the rivers of eastern North America, the Atlantic sturgeon has suffered a catastrophic crash in its populations. But new protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are giving reason for hope for one of the world’s oldest fish species. BY TED WILLIAMS

Jet Fuel from Algae?

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Originally Published by Oceanus MagazineWe believe we have found a recipe that could open a new door to producing jet fuel from ocean algae. We are not claiming some Rumplestiltskinesque hay-into-gold finding—but rather a first step worth exploring. We took a closer look at a certain type of algae, which contain a class of fascinating […]