Discipline: Ocean Observing Systems

The poetry of our planet

The ocean is teeming with life, chemistry, water masses, and – believe it or not – poetry. In our 50th and final (for now) episode of Ocean Gazing, we consider the poems of our seas.

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Slick of oil

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasted three months. In July 2010, the wellhead was capped, and the oil finally stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. But the repercussions and the science? They’re far from over.

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MBARI: A seaside sequel

The waters off Monterey, California are rich fodder for scientists and educators alike. And MBARI’s just the place to forge the collaborative connections between those two groups.

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ROVers over and under

Rovers and remotely operated vehicles are hulking beasts on land. But in the ocean, they glide gracefully through the water and along the seafloor, and they’re crucial in surveying the watery deep.

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California’s ocean

Up and down the coast of California, abalone farmers, bar pilots and environmentalists — among others — are staking their profits, well being, and peace of mind on real-time ocean data.

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A diary of dirt. Un cuento sobre el clima.

Our planet Earth lays down a record of its climate on the seafloor in certain parts of the world. All you have to do is know how to read it.

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A field of green

The thinnest blanket of life fans out just beneath the ocean’s surface. For Margaret McManus, that blanket means an insatiable curiosity and some very late nights at sea.

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A Cook at sea

A teacher and her students at a junior high in the middle of Arkansas make the case that the ocean touches landlocked states too. All it took to drive the point home was a voyage on the Pacific Ocean.

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A river runs through it all

The Columbia River of northwest Oregon is just caked with stories along its twists and bends. Stories of a natural system and a human system in coexistence, though sometimes uncomfortably so.

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Liquid light

Pour light into liquid, keep a detector at the ready, and what do you get? Opportunities to keep constant track of the chemical and biological brew frothing in the ocean.

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