• An Environmental Guide to the World's Oceans

    Dive deep into the world's oceans for an underwater exploration of the planet's marine environment. From the Arctic to the Antarctic this environmental guide is a voyage of discovery that takes in oceanic flora and fauna, and includes a health...
    By Vicki Perry September 12, 2011 

  • Factors Affecting Marine Life in the Vast Ocean

    The open ocean is a place of nothing but water and more water, far from any solid surfaces, where everything moves all the time. What's there today might be somewhere else entirely tomorrow. Learn the key abiotic factors that affect where and how...
    By Kayar August 31, 2011 

  • Ecosystems on the Gulf's Coastline

    The Gulf of Mexico coastal ecosystems are challenged with numerous threats. Changing climate conditions and the growing population and activities of humans in the area pose threats for many reasons. What will eventually happen to the gulf life if this...
    By Vicki Perry August 27, 2011 

  • Learning About the Continental Shelf

    Discussing the continental shelf of the United States can lead to a sticky situation. There are two different definitions that can be used depending on what your ultimate goals are, a geographical definition and a geopolitical definition.
    By KennethSleight August 26, 2011 

  • Learn about the Expanding Seafloor

    Why should anyone care that the seafloor is spreading? What does it mean to me? Well, the simple answer is that when the seafloor spreads it causes strain at the edges of the Earth’s tectonic plates that can lead to earthquakes and other...
    By KennethSleight August 15, 2011 

  • Understanding the Process of Primary Productivity

    What is primary productivity? Primary producers are the organisms that form the base of the food chain by creating biomass through the processes of photosynthesis or chemosynthesis. When either system is employed, it creates organic matter from inorganic...
    By KennethSleight August 14, 2011 

  • Hydrothermal Vents: The Oasis of the Ocean Floor

    Deeper than even the light of the Sun can reach there is a cauldron bubbling up a life giving essence. Hydrothermal vents are among the most unique structures on the ocean floor, providing for life in a world devoid of it.
    By Atlee Hargis August 12, 2011 

  • Who Lives in the Pacific Ocean? Fabulous Fauna of the Ocean Deep

    There is a huge array of fauna living in the Pacific Ocean today. From plankton to fish to mammals and birds, these species all coexist together in the great ocean deep. How, though, are they being affected by the ways of the ocean and the environment...
    By Vicki Perry July 31, 2011 

  • Understanding Longshore Drift and How it Happens

    Ever notice how the sand recedes from the beach and gets deposited somewhere else? This happens due to a process known as longshore drift that is responsible for shaping the coastlines. We will explore what the process is, how it works and see what...
    By Nick Oza July 26, 2011 

  • Understanding the Role of Phytoplankton in the Marine Ecosystem

    Phytoplankton are the most abundant and widely distributed form of plant life on Earth. They are responsible for roughly 50% of global plant production and carbon dioxide assimilation on Earth. Learn about the phytoplankton cycle and the importance...
    By Jenny Griffin July 12, 2011 
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