What scientists know about how oil spills affect the environment is drawn from a range of past events, no two of which have been alike. Because the blowout occurred 5,000 feet below below the water surface, the Gulf oil spill is unchartered territory.
Scientists have found a hydrothermal vent community three miles beneath the sea near the Cayman Islands. Other vents have led to the discovery of new and exotic creatures.
In a legal settlement Thursday, the EPA agreed to help states test coastal waters for acidity, and to weigh whether to tighten rules on carbon emissions to address ocean acidification.
The forces that led to the Haiti earthquake are a reminder that the idyllic Caribbean is one of the more geologically active spots on earth, and that a powerful earthquake could strike the region again.
Scientists say the Greenland ice sheet is losing about 7 billion cubic feet of ice a year. Now, they are just finally beginning to uncover some reasons why its been shrinking.
A new study suggests that the frequency of hurricanes has increased dramatically during the past 10 years. Climate change is one potential culprit.
It’s not yet a gold rush to the ocean floor, but seabed prospecting is raising concerns.