Coral meals come with side order of microplastics

"If corals constantly are dealing with microplastics, it might not kill them, but there will be less energy for them to grow and to reproduce."

Michelle Ma-Washington | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change corals oceans plastics

Hot rocks offer clues to life on ‘Snowball Earth’

Scientists braved the heat to answer a question about oxygen and "Snowball Earth," a period when the oceans virtually froze from the poles to the equator.

U. Melbourne | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-earth ice-age oceans oxygen rocks

Space laser sees Earth’s biggest animal migration

Zooplankton migration is "the greatest migration on Earth. It happens every day and it's amazing." A satellite view reveals the hordes of tiny creatures.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lasers migration oceans satellites zooplankton

Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen

A new theory involving volcanoes may partly explain the appearance of the first oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology alien-life carbon early-earth oceans oxygen tectonics volcanoes

Climate change is totally reshaping ocean communities

"The changes we're observing ripple throughout local and global economies all the way to our dinner plates."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change oceans

Blue whale hearts pump as slowly as 2 beats per minute

Blue whale hearts work at extremes—from just 2 beats per minute when diving up to a maximum of 37 beats per minute at the ocean surface.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Nov. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology conservation hearts oceans size whales

The best fossils need a bit of fresh air to form

Scientists had thought that a lack of oxygen in Earth's oceans may have led to the world's best preserved fossils. New research suggests that's not true.

UT Austin | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fossils oceans oxygen

Ocean waves spew ancient organic molecules into the air

Ocean waves inject tiny particles called aerosols into the air—and those aerosols carry organic molecules more than 5,000 years old.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gas oceans waves

‘Waves’ from the tropics slowed Arctic sea ice melt

"...in the near future, we should keep an eye on the tropics if we want to better predict conditions in the Arctic."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology arctic climate-change oceans sea-ice weather

South Atlantic humpback whales make a comeback

After a near miss with extinction, a population of South Atlantic humpback whales is on the rise.

U. Washington | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation extinction oceans whales

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