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 check of the world’s oceans.
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 continues?
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.
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 natural disasters.
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 compounds and carbon dioxide.
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.
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 that surrounds them?
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 effects it has on those living along the coasts.
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 of these organisms to our oceans and our planet.
Zooplankton are microscopic animals that live on or near the top of large bodies of water. They are an integral part of the biosphere and are extremely adept at developing strategies and physical characteristics that allow them to survive in drastically different environments.