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Deep-Sea Mining Is Closer Than You Think | Wired Science | Wired.com

Deep-Sea Mining Is Closer Than You Think | Wired Science | Wired.com | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Deep-sea mining is poised to become a major growth industry over the next decade -- though the full range of undersea diversity has yet to be discovered.
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Official Google Blog: Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the first underwater panoramas in Google Maps

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Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson |

Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson | | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"Under the Sea Wind was Carson’s first book, published in 1941, describing the lives of assorted sea creatures in and around the Atlantic coastline, with special attention to a series of sea birds near the Out Banks and (my favorite) the mackerel Scomber, who we follow from the moment his egg joins a cloud of millions of not-yet mackerel to his maturity off the continental shelf."

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Autonomous ‘RoBoat’ Making World Record Attempt

Autonomous ‘RoBoat’ Making World Record Attempt | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

The Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences (INNOC) has been tweaking and iterating the RoBoat since its inception in 2006, adding an array of batteries and solar panels good for a maximum of 285 kW of juice, along with a back-up methanol-powered fuel cell that can provide another 65 kW of power if things get cloudy.

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Step 1 in U.S. Plan to Rule Sea and Sky: Actually Share Data

Step 1 in U.S. Plan to Rule Sea and Sky: Actually Share Data | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
No one really understands the Navy and the Air Force's new blueprint for dominating Earth's seas and skies. But what's increasingly clear, e...
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Shocking new photos from BP disaster unearthed by Greenpeace

Shocking new photos from BP disaster unearthed by Greenpeace | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones writes about a trove of new photographs documenting the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
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Designing Sailbots to Mop Up Oil Spills

Designing Sailbots to Mop Up Oil Spills | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
It's the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Of the many terrible lessons learned from the event, perhaps the most tragic ...
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Gulf seafood "horribly deformed" - Boing Boing

Gulf seafood "horribly deformed" - Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

Eyeless shrimp. Fish afflicted by sores. Crabs without claws or hard shells. Bizarre deformities are becoming common in seafood from the Gulf, according to Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, and pollution caused by the 2010 BP oil spill is the likely cause.

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Lifeboat News: Floating prairies of the sea could help solve global warming

Executive summary. By increasing the biological productivity of the vast ocean waters, which cover 3/4 of the Earth’s surface, photosynthesis could remove a lot of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to control global warming.

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Robot jellyfish fuelled by hydrogen - physicsworld.com

Robot jellyfish fuelled by hydrogen - physicsworld.com | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Swimmer has artificial muscles based on carbon nanotubes...
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Ocean Acidification to Hit 300-Million-Year Max

Ocean Acidification to Hit 300-Million-Year Max | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"Some like to point to cycles when dismissing climate change, brushing off warming as simply being the thing that happens right before cooling. In this view, concern about climate change is akin to the naïve worry that half of schools are performing below average. This is why we need context. We need to know whether an observed change is more like a world premiere or a familiar re-run."

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A fascinating conclusion to an environmental mystery - Boing Boing

A fascinating conclusion to an environmental mystery - Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"This is the town of Kivalina, Alaska. Last fall, when the ocean water that almost surrounds the town started turning a gooey orange, people (understandably) got a bit freaked out."

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The oldest thing in the world - Boing Boing

The oldest thing in the world - Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"The oldest living thing on Earth is a massive "meadow" of sea grass growing in the Mediterranean between Spain and Cyprus. It's somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 years old and reproduces by cloning itself. Also, it's being killed by climate change."

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Projected sea-level rise underestimated

Projected sea-level rise underestimated | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the IPCC, while global temperature increases in good agreement with its best estimates. This is shown by a study now published in the journal Environmental Research Letters."

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Mermaid Myth: Government Blog Debunks 'Aquatic Humanoids'

Mermaid Myth: Government Blog Debunks 'Aquatic Humanoids' | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"Get ready for a shock: mermaids don’t exist, according to the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The revelation came in an “Ocean Facts” blog post on June 27, although the news is only now going viral on Facebook."

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May 17, 1970: The Boat Is Seaworthy and, Yes, We Can All Get Along

May 17, 1970: The Boat Is Seaworthy and, Yes, We Can All Get Along | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
1970: Thor Heyerdahl sets sail with his crew from Safi, Morocco, aboard Ra II.He will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a boat built of...
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The scyphomedusa Deepstaria

The scyphomedusa Deepstaria is certainly odd, with its bag-like appearance, and bell that can open more than a meter wide. Speculation on the identity of a m...
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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School

If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School...
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Inside James Cameron’s Dive to the Bottom of the Ocean

Inside James Cameron’s Dive to the Bottom of the Ocean | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Just a few short weeks ago, the world watched as James Cameron descended 11,000 meters beneath the surface of the ocean to reach the Challen...
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SVS Animation 3827 - Perpetual Ocean

SVS Animation 3827 - Perpetual Ocean | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

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Saving the whales? Now there's an app for that, too. - Boing Boing

Saving the whales? Now there's an app for that, too. - Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

An interesting new iOS app launched today called Whale Alert. Though it's available for anyone, the iPhone/iPad app is intended primarily for use by workers in the shipping and maritime industry. It "combines science and technology to help save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing threats of collisions with large ships along the East Coast of North America."

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Tsunami ship drifting off Canada

Tsunami ship drifting off Canada | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
An empty Japanese fishing vessel washed out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami is spotted drifting off the west coast of Canada.
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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island...
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Ocean trench: Take a dive 11,000m down

Ocean trench: Take a dive 11,000m down | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Icy cold, pitch black and with crushing pressures - the deepest part of the ocean is one of the most hostile places on the planet.
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