Researchers: Sedimentary Evidence Proves Amazon River 11 Million Years Old
Liverpool, U.K. - Jul 29, 2009 21:37 EST
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered that the Amazon river, and its transcontinental drainage, is around 11 million years old and took its present shape about 2.4 million years ago.
University of Liverpool researchers, in collaboration with the University...
Study: Human Activity Damaging The Oceans, 'Threatening Human Food Security'
Townsville, Queensland - Jul 29, 2009 21:33 EST
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world’s oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today.
Man-made carbon emissions “are affecting marine biological processes from genes to ecosystems over scales from rock...
NOAA: Smaller, More Concentrated 'Dead Zone' In The Gulf Of Mexico; 'Short-term Weather Patterns' Eyed
Washington, D.C. - Jul 28, 2009 08:21 EST
NOAA-supported scientists, led by Nancy Rabalais, Ph.D., from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), found the size of this year's Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be smaller than forecasted, measuring 3,000 square miles. However the dead zone, which is...
NOAA Proposes Measures To Rebuild Blacknose And Other Shark Populations
Washington, D.C. - Jul 24, 2009 16:43 EST
NOAA’s Fisheries Service is proposing several measures to end overfishing and rebuild blacknose sharks and other shark populations. Nine public hearings will be held on the proposal, from New England to the Gulf of Mexico, in August and September.
Researchers: Sea Lampreys Jettison One-fifth Of Their Genome During Development
Seattle, Washington - Jul 23, 2009 16:44 EST
Researchers have discovered that the sea lamprey, which emerged from jawless fish first appearing 500 million years ago, dramatically remodels its genome. Shortly after a fertilized lamprey egg divides into several cells, the growing embryo discards millions of units of...
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska And New Bedford, Massachusetts, Remain Top Fishing Ports
Washington, D.C. - Jul 22, 2009 16:40 EST
Commercial fishermen unloaded 612.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish at the port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, in 2008, mostly pollock, making it the country’s top port for the amount of fish landed for the 20th consecutive year, NOAA’s Fisheries...
Scientists Report First Remote, Underwater Detection Of Harmful Algae, Toxins
Washington, D.C. - Jul 14, 2009 22:30 EST
Scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have successfully conducted the first remote detection of a harmful algal species and its toxin below the ocean’s surface. The achievement was recently...