Like other years, as 2012 comes to a close many people take the time to reflect on the year’s events and start thinking about things that they will resolve to improve for the next year. If we consider 2012, the ocean has changed much as a result of human impact, from rising sea and acidity levels, to shifts in marine life cycles and storm patterns. As the new year approaches let’s take the opportunity to make r… read more »
The Life of Pi… read more » is a recently released film that tells the story of a young boy Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel who, following a shipwreck, spends 227 days lost at sea with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adapted by Academy Award winning director Ang Lee from a book by the same name written by Yann Martel, it is a compelling, though somewhat idealized, ode to the ocean in many ways. (If you haven’
For years scientists have warned that our oceans are becoming more acidic. Now there is ever more evidence that what is happening in the oceans is impacting marine life at the micro levels. Sea butterflies, microscopic sea snails that live in the layer of water nearest the surface (200 meters), are showing evidence of corrosion due to increasing acidity in the seas.
Sea butterflies, otherwise known as holoplan… read more »
It doesn’t seem so long ago that in school I was taught that trees provide oxygen, a necessity for humans to live. As such we were educated about the importance of recycling paper and conserving to do our part in saving the trees. Now there is a new frontier in preserving a resource that generates oxygen. Plankton. Yes, plankton.
Plankton are any organisms living in the oceans, seas, or bodies of fresh water tha… read more »
Climate change has many effects on the ocean. From warming seas and ocean acidification to higher sea levels and increased frequency of severe storms it has an impact on many species in the ocean. One important resource that has been impacted is coral reef.
Coral reefs are communities of coral, tiny animals that are immobile. According to the EPA, corals are colonies composed of polyps. They secrete a hard calcium ca… read more »