From the INSPIRE cruise blog: “The research vessel Kay Kay II, belonging to the University of Concepción. The 18m ship was washed 1km inland following the Feb. 27 earthquake. Vandals subsequently stripped the ship of its oceanographic instruments. Image courtesy of Ruben Escribano.” UPDATE: The Consortium for Ocean Leadership has set up a University of . . . → Read More: Chilean marine science devastated by earthquake
Last week’s earthquake in Chile sent a tsunami throughout the Pacific. It was devastating for coastal Chile, but the waves were weaker than expected all the way up here in the North Pacific. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t here, though! Here are three ways of viewing the tsunami on the North Pacific. 1) The . . . → Read More: Three ways of looking at the Chilean tsunami
What is the origin story of deep-sea organisms? For decades, we thought shallow coastal waters were the cradle of marine life repeatedly pumping species into the deep. This is the simplest story. The more complex origin story involves multiple anoxic events, catastrophic events, survival of the fittest, so on and so forth with species originating . . . → Read More: Reconsidering the Origins of Marine Life and All Life
And you also need to heed the warnings when they tell you to get off the seawall! Thankfully no one was killed this weekend when 2 large waves crashed into spectators during Mavericks 2010 surfing competition. Congrats to South African Chris Bertish who took home the purse! Video is here is the embed above doesn’t . . . → Read More: “Ya Gotta Respect the Ocean, Its Just One of Those Things…”
Hell yes Graph from NASA: The continent of Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice per year since 2002.
All captured in video by scientists exploring 1220m (4000ft) beneath the surface in Pacific Ocean near Samoa the previous summer. The lava erupting from the West Mata volcano is predicted to be the hottest lava erupting one Earth. [googlemap lat="-15.284185114076433" lng="-172.08984375" width="500px" height="500px" zoom="2" type="G_SATELLITE_MAP"]Samoa[/googlemap] . . . → Read More: Deepest Underwater Volcanic Eruption
In 2008, I wrote that about a paper by Chan et al. in Science examining the anoxic zone emerging off the Oregon coast. It was the first study to quantitatively assess the condition. Chan et al. found that from 2000-2005, hypoxic (low oxygen conditions) extended to shallow water but always remained above 0.5 ml/L. In . . . → Read More: Dead Zones Are Here To Stay
Neil Lumsden was out surfing when out of nowhere the recent earthquake struck the deep sea off of Samoa. We had no warning, being out in the water outside of the reef pass we didn’t feel the earthquake happen, and everyone was caught completely off guard. All of a sudden, while sitting at the usual . . . → Read More: Samoan Tsunami Survivor