In the deep sea, low oxygen levels, scarce sunlight, and freezing water limit the rate at which items decompose: Something that might survive a few years on land could exist for decades underwater.
- ROVs photograph trash on the ocean floor.
posted by Artw
on Jun 8, 2013 -
The makers of Galaxy Zoo
are not satisfied with classifying the cold depths of space. They also want to classify the slightly less cold depths of the ocean, with Seafloor Explorer
, where anyone and everyone can help find and identify scallops, sea stars, crustaceans, and Other on various parts of the Atlantic ocean floor. Rarely there are fish. Often, there is sand. It seems to go on forever and often is full of starfish
. [more inside]
posted by cmyk
on Sep 14, 2012 -
Have you ever wondered what the water temperature off the Kamchatka Peninsula is? What about the wind speed in the Andaman Sea? Or maybe you’re losing sleep over the chlorophyll levels in the South Pacific. Fortunately, all of that information –- and 450 million other data points collected from oceanographic instruments around the world –- is freely and easily accessible thanks to the Marinexplore project. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Aug 28, 2012 -
National Data Buoy Center
(Google cache), "the premiere source of meteorological and oceanographic measurements for the marine environment" in the U.S., is located at the NASA Stennis Space Center
on the Mississippi gulf coast, is a primary source of hurricane observational data, and is currently offline
. At present, the U.S. spends only $50 million annually on ocean observations of vital socio-economic impact. The latest national commission for ocean policy
recommended $4 billion annually, including the construction of a distributed, disaster-proof, national ocean observing system
, as a component of a global system
. The previous ocean commission report in 1969 resulted in the formation of NOAA
and the passage of the Coastal Zone Management Act
. Will Congress act? The E.U. has
posted by 3.2.3
on Aug 31, 2005 -
His name is Jean-Michel Cousteau!
[dramatic chords] His father's name was Jack
something, and like his father, Jean-Michel believes by working on things like Finding Nemo
he, "can reach a far larger audience through entertainment in popular media than through innumerable press conferences, summits and reports. That is not to say that prestigious conferences and notable studies are irrelevant. They are critically necessary to validate the condition of the world’s oceans and bring opinion leaders together to share ideas and shape the collective political will."
With this new sea
-lebrity (haha! get it?), he hopes to help young people change the world
. ...Well I just thought that was like totally rad and wanted to share with the virtual blue.
posted by ZachsMind
on Nov 15, 2003 -