Story List

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Keeping watch on a changing ocean

When the tiniest of particles settle onto the deepest of ocean bottoms, they can have the biggest of influences. Fisheries collapse. Tsunamis. Ecosystem shifts. But how do you look at the ocean’s entire vertical swath at once?

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Community organizing, ocean style

Ocean observatories are radically changing not only the way scientists do their science, but also how they interact with one another and the wider public. It’s a vision as large as the Earth itself.

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Ocean voices

Recording voices and composing music around those voices is one of Halsey Burgund’s specialties. And he’s got a new project where he’s collecting stories and commentary on nothing less than the global ocean.

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The final frontier

The Inner Space Center makes visiting the bottom of the ocean easier than going to the store. And by using some of the newest technology available, it’s allowing us to study our most ancient past.

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Clearing a carbon catastrophe

We’re letting loose tons — literally — of carbon dioxide into our skies each day. And a good amount of that CO2 is finding its way into the ocean. Scientists from all over the world are rolling up their sleeves to try to avoid a global disaster.

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The Prince’s Predictions, Part II

Predicting how an entire body of water circulates is no easy task. To do it in Prince William Sound up in Alaska, it took 3 ships, teams deployed in the field and in the lab, and a real balance between work and play.

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The Prince’s Predictions, Part I

Twenty years ago, an environmental disaster rocked Prince William Sound in Alaska. Today, a team assembled from science, government and beyond is trying to help make sure it never happens again.

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Antarctica melting

Climate change is impacting even one of the most remote places on Earth: Antarctica. Krill numbers are down, salp numbers are way up, and the entire food web down there is in the balance.

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Gliding on Earth

Rutgers University students are piloting one tiny, yellow, torpedo-shaped glider across the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Spain. The journey is bound to be full of excitement and danger.

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Dungeons and Darwins

Sometimes understanding the vastness of the ocean means understanding the wee strands of DNA packed into the tiniest of cells, and how that DNA gives those cells some very special abilities.

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