National Science Education Standard: C Life Science Grades 5 to 8

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A rockfish reserve

An unusual partnership is brewing in the waters off Southern Oregon, and it might just make all the difference for a group of magnificent little fish.

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Only one ocean

Steve Van Zandt goes by Solar Steve when he’s writing songs and performing with the Banana Slug String Band. The group’s based in Santa Cruz, California, and they make music about science and conservation.

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An imminent thaw

In the Bering Sea, ice is everything. It controls the life, the people living there, and the climate. So what’s happening now that the thickness and the quality of that ice is deteriorating?

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Thunnus thynnus

What it’s like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen.

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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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A 60-ton wake up call

Playing female right whale calls into the water, researcher Susan Parks suddenly finds herself at the center of attention of a group of males.

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Penguins in the hot seat

The temperature in Antarctica is rising, and Hugh Ducklow is watching an entire ecosystem change before his eyes. What happens if the ice just keeps on melting?

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Of bonds and blooms

Sometimes the ocean can be a threat to human health. Barb and Gary Kirkpatrick, a wife and husband scientist team, describe what they’re doing to notify the Florida public about red tides and harmful algal blooms.

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Sonar in the sea

Kelly Benoit-Bird works on all kinds of ocean animals ranging from zooplankton to whales. And ocean observatories could make her science even more exciting.

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Coral concerns

Chris Martens is alarmed by the global disappearance of corals. To learn more, he lives at the bottom of the ocean on Conch Reef off Key Largo, Florida for up to 2 weeks at a time.

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