People come up with all sorts of wacky ideas to explore the oceans. And here is another one of those ideas. Meet the Polar Pod, a manned research platform dreamed up by French Explorer/Physician Jean-Louis Etienne to drift around Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. My first thought when I saw this concept was WTF. . . . → Read More: Is this Polar Pod genius or just plain insanity?
Due to popular demand and a limited run the authors of the Cephalopod Beak Guide for the Southern Ocean have their book freely available for download on the internet! The guide is published by the British Antarctic Survey and is available is 10mb low-res download and well as a 55mb hi-res download. As the only . . . → Read More: The Cephalopod Beak Guide Contest
The Cephalopod beak guide for the Southern Ocean. What everyone needs for the coffee table ..we interrupt this post so that Dr. M can perform the rare dance of the geek and squeal in delight…by Jose Xavier and Yves Cherel and published by British Antarctic Survey was published recently as a product from the International . . . → Read More: Guide To Things That Might Gnaw On Your Brains In Southern Ocean
Two recent papers in Nature GeoScience demonstrate the real effects of ocean acidification. For those not in know, there is an ongoing decrease in the pH of the oceans from carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere. From 1751 to 1994, the pH of the world’s oceans has dropped by 0.1, an considerable decrease . . . → Read More: Ocean Acidification, Not Good For Living
BERLIN (AFP) — Indian and German scientists have said that a controversial experiment has “dampened hopes” that dumping hundreds of tonnes of dissolved iron in the Southern Ocean can lessen global warming. The experiment involved “fertilising” a 300-square-kilometre (115-sqare-mile) area of ocean inside the core of an eddy — an immense rotating column of water . . . → Read More: Iron Fertilization Will Not Help Global Warming