Prized Delicacy Abalone Could Be Doomed By Increasing Ocean Acidity; 'This Is Bad News'
Vancouver, British Columbia - May 25, 2011 16:35 EST
Increasing levels of ocean acidity could spell doom for British Columbia's already beleaguered northern abalone, according to the first study to provide direct experimental evidence that changing sea water chemistry is negatively affecting an endangered species.
The northern abalone--prized as a...
New Reefs Found In The Great Barrier Reef 'Twilight' Zone
Townsville, Queensland - May 19, 2011 20:28 EST
An international research team led by researchers from James Cook University using a high-tech underwater robot have discovered diverse coral reef communities living in the unexplored deep waters along the Great Barrier Reef shelf-edge.
Tom Bridge, a PhD Candidate in JCU's...
Study: Sewage-Derived Nitrogen Increasingly Polluting Caribbean Ecosystems
Washington, D.C. - May 16, 2011 20:03 EST
Nitrogen pollution in our coastal ecosystems, the result of widespread use of synthetic agricultural fertilizers and of human sewage, leads to decreased water transparency, the loss of desirable fish species, and the emergence of toxic phytoplankton species—such as the algae...
Researchers Searching For War Of 1812 Shipwrecks In Lake Ontario
Indiana, Pennsylvania - May 16, 2011 11:00 EST
The Titanic may be disintegrating, but if two Indiana University of Pennsylvania professors have their way, shipwrecks from the War of 1812 won't face the same fate.
Dr. Katie Farnsworth, IUP Geoscience Department, and Dr. Ben Ford, Anthropology Department, are preparing...
Study: Darkness Stifles Reproduction Of Surface-Dwelling Fish
Raleigh, North Carolina - May 11, 2011 20:59 EST
There's a reason to be afraid of the dark.
Fish accustomed to living near the light of the water's surface become proverbial "fish out of water" when they move to dark environments like those found in caves, according to a study...
CO2 Makes Life Difficult For Algae: Coccoliths Dissolve When Seawater Acidifies
fCopenhagen, Denmark - May 10, 2011 23:16 EST
The acidification of the world's oceans could have major consequences for the marine environment. New research shows that coccoliths, which are an important part of the marine environment, dissolve when seawater acidifies.
Associate Professor Tue Hassenkam and colleagues at the...