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Can you imagining putting a person in a time capsule and then opening it up 80 million years later to discover that they’re still alive? Scientists have found a bacterial colony buried 100 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean floor that hasn’t received light, oxygen, or food for over 80 million years, and they’re still alive! A very slow metabolism and dividing to make identical copies of themselves allow these bacteria to survive for so long.
Have you heard of coral bleaching? That is what happens when corals lose their green or brown colored algae living inside of them due to environmental stress such as warmer temperatures. If conditions return to normal fairly quickly, the algae will come back; but if conditions change for too long then the coral will be permanently bleached and won’t be able to survive.
Did you know that cold water is denser than hot water? Cold water sinks down and warm water rises up. These properties cause many of the large scale ocean currents as cold water in higher latitudes sinks to the bottom of the ocean and then moves toward the equator.
The Hōkūleʻa is a double hulled voyaging canoe built as a replica of the canoes that ancient Polynesians used to sail to Hawaiʻi. The Hōkūleʻa completed an amazing trip across the Pacific Ocean in 1976 without the use of modern instruments to and from Tahiti. Hōkūleʻa embarked on a trip around the world in June 2013 to share the importance of traditional knowledge, sustainability, and environmental conservation.
The mimic octopus is an incredible animal that can impersonate the appearance and movement patterns of a lionfish, crab, jellyfish, and many other animals. However, scientists have recently found a small jawfish whose coloration copies the mimic octopus, mimicking one of the octopus’ arms!
Photo: Kristen Marhaver A new study found that healthy reef coral populations are an important source of the next generation of corals. The study, published in Conservation Letters reports that healthy coral populations produced more offspring per square meter than nearby degraded reef sites. The authors of this study measured live coral cover as a metric of the health on 6 reef sites on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. Three of the sites were located in an undeveloped area of the island while the other three were in an urban area with higher human impact. The researchers then... (more)