The Ocean

Large volcanic eruptions in Tropics can trigger El Niño events

Large volcanic eruptions in Tropics can trigger El Niño events

Explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics can lead to El Niño events, those notorious warming periods in the Pacific Ocean with dramatic global impacts...
Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across Pacific

Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across Pacific

Biologists detect longest transoceanic rafting voyage for coastal species The 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history,...
Don't eat the reef fish!

Going diving in the tropics? Don’t eat the reef fish!

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might...
Carbon in oceans could launch a sixth mass extinction by 2100

Carbon in oceans could launch a sixth mass extinction by 2100

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon...
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate change

Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate change

New findings document a 192-year series of volcanic eruptions in Antarctica that coincided with accelerated deglaciation about 17,700 years ago. "Detailed chemical measurements in Antarctic ice...
New ancient plesiosaur found in Germany

New ancient plesiosaur found in Germany: The earliest of its kind

A previously unrecognized 132 million-year-old fossilized sea monster from northern Germany has been identified by an international team of researchers. The bizarre sea creature was...
New view of dispersants used after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New view of dispersants used after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New research has uncovered an added dimension to the decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants above the crippled seafloor oil well during...
Largest Ichthyosaurus was pregnant mother

Largest Ichthyosaurus was pregnant mother

Scientists from the UK and Germany have discovered the largest Ichthyosaurus on record and found it was pregnant at the time of death. The new specimen is...
Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Human interference in the deep sea could already be outpacing our basic understanding of how it functions, University scientists have warned. As a result, without...
Ocean exploration uncovers one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures

Ocean exploration uncovers one of Cuba’s hidden natural treasures

A research mission led by Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has uncovered details of one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures. After nearly two...