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25
Jan
2012

Source: Nature 481, 426–428 () DOI:10.1038/481426a

Author: Jo Marchant

Brendan Foley peels his wetsuit to the waist and perches on the side of an inflatable boat as it skims across the sea just north of the island of Crete. At his feet are the dripping remains of a vase that moments earlier had been resting on the sea floor, its home for more than a millennium. “It’s our best day so far,” he says of his dive that morning. “We’ve discovered two ancient shipwrecks.”

Continue reading Underwater archaeology: Hunt for the ancient mariner

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19
Jan
2012

Published by: Natural Environment Research Council, Planet Earth Online

Author: Peter Hurrell

Bottom trawling fishing boats have devastated many cold water coral reefs along the margin of the North East Atlantic Ocean. Now, researchers have found large cold water coral colonies clinging to the vertical and overhanging sides of submarine canyons 1350 metres below the surface of the Bay of Biscay.

Continue reading Cliffhanging corals avoid trawler damage

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16
Nov
2011

Source: Aljazeera

From a climate change/fisheries/pollution/habitat destruction point of view, our nightmare is here, it’s the world we live in.”

This bleak statement about the current status of the world’s oceans comes from Dr Wallace Nichols, a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Al Jazeera asked Dr Nichols, along with several other ocean experts, how they see the effects climate change, pollution and seafood harvesting are having on the oceans.

Continue reading World’s oceans in peril

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31
Oct
2011

Author: Brian Vastag

Source: Washington Post

Ensconced in a plexiglass bubble some 500 feet beneath the azure waves of the southern Caribbean Sea, Carole Baldwin spied a lumpy oddball of a flesh-colored fish. It looked like an anglerfish, also known as a sea toad. Yet Baldwin, one of the most experienced Caribbean fish specialists alive, had not seen this variety.

Continue reading Deep reef ‘twilight zones’ slowly yield their secrets to explorers

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1
Aug
2011

The deep sea, the largest ecosystem on Earth and one of the least studied, harbours high biodiversity and provides a wealth of resources. Although humans have used the oceans for millennia, technological developments now allow exploitation of fisheries resources, hydrocarbons and minerals below 2000 m depth. The remoteness of the deep seafloor has promoted the disposal of residues and litter. Ocean acidification and climate change now bring a new dimension of global effects.

Continue reading New study – Man and the Last Great Wilderness: Human Impact on the Deep Sea

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22
Jul
2011

Deep-sea corals area among the most vulnerable ecosystems and the United Nations has called for their protection. Most of these interesting communities have disappeared from large extensions of European waters and the Mediterranean due to bottom trawling, changes in water temperature or natural catastrophic events.

Continue reading A deep-sea, white coral reef has been discovered in the Alboran sea (Western Mediterranean) during Oceana Ranger’s 2011 expedition.

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