Hundreds of miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, there’s an undersea volcano known as Axial Seamount. Two months ago when it began spewing lava, it wasn’t a secret to a group of scientists engaged in a groundbreaking research project. Hari Sreenivasan reports on their Cabled Observatory — a network of sensors, moorings and cameras that offers views of a little-known world. Continue reading
A deadly disease has been wiping out West Coast starfish for more than a year. One place that has held off the disease the longest is Alaska. Researchers recently traveled there to search for new clues. Continue reading
A region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute about the importance of keeping the area undisturbed, as well as its historical precedent. Continue reading
NEW YORK — Thousands of miles off America’s shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday.
Even healthy corals carry viruses, like herpes. Are these viruses making them sick? Science Nation explores the microorganisms that are killing coral reefs around the world. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, eating seafood sustainably can drastically help us meet our seafood needs without compromising the needs of future generations. But what does sustainability mean when it comes to the seafood we consume? Continue reading
Scientists have known for some time that shells of the tiniest sea life have been dissolving due to an increasingly polluted ocean. Pteropods, ocean-dwelling snails roughly the size of a thumbnail, have been dubbed by some the “canary in the … Continue reading
Up and down the Pacific Coast, starfish are dying by the tens of thousands and no one knows why. Special correspondent Katie Campbell reports from Seattle on how researchers and citizen scientists are investigating the spread of the mysterious and distressing syndrome. Continue reading
The world’s oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at an unprecedented rate and the resulting acidification is transforming marine ecosystems. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ocean acidification is already affecting oysters and other shellfish in the U.S. Continue reading