A chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen “food” to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean floor and parts of the continents, accordin… Continue reading →
Beneath the ocean floor is a desolate place with no oxygen and sunlight. Yet microbes have thrived in this environment for millions of years. Scientists have puzzled over how these microbes survive, but today there are more answers. Continue reading →
The marine animal tunicate can be used both as biofuel and fish food, according to new research. On the ocean floor, under the pier, and on ship ropes – that’s where the tunicates live. Tunicates are marine filter feeders that serve as bacteria eaters and as a foodstuff in Korea and Japan. But in the future they may become more prevalent. Researchers have found that a certain type of tunicate – ascidiacea – can be used as a renewable source of biofuel and fish food. Continue reading →
Marine biologists have, for the first time, found a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica, giving new insights into life in the sea depths. The discovery was made almost a mile below the surface in an undersea crater and includes the find o… Continue reading →
Biological sciences professors have investigated how corals specialize to particular environments in the ocean. They propose that the large dispersal potential of coral larvae in open water and the proximity of different species on the ocean floor crea… Continue reading →
David Newman, Oceans Program Attorney, New York Here’s something you don’t hear about every day: a fish that catches itself. Well, sort of. The black sea bass lives in reefs, wrecks, and hard-bottom habitats of the Atlantic, whe… Continue reading →
Over the weekend, crews finally succeeded in plugging BP’s blown-out oil well once and for all. Workers pumped mud and cement through the newly secured relief well and finally sealed this disastrous wound in the ocean floor for good.
As we … Continue reading →