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Hawaiʻians are well known for their strong ocean voyaging heritage. Archeologists have discovered that Egyptians were also adept seafarers. The Egyptians built massive ships capable of traveling over 1000 miles. Furthermore, these ships were built to be disassembled and reassembled, because the Egyptians had to break them down and carry them 100 miles across the desert to trade goods.
Microbes might be too small to see, but they can certainly make a big impact! After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, microbes cleaned up 120,000 metric tons of the methane in the oil! However, they do not eat some of the more toxic components of the oil, which still remain in the environment. Have you thanked a microbe today?
Did you know that life in the deep ocean doesn’t just stop at the sea floor? Scientist have found evidence that microorganisms are living miles below the ocean floor deep down in the sediment! That’s a lot of real estate for some very small creatures.
Why are people so worried about plastic pollution in the ocean? Plastics break into smaller plastic pieces, but never completely break down. The tiny plastic pieces get eaten by small fish and crustaceans, which then get eaten by bigger fish, albatrosses, whales, and sharks. These plastics can cause serious harm once ingested resulting in starvation, and internal injuries. Remember, plastics are forever.
SONAR, which stands for Sound Navigation and Ranging, is used on boats for navigation and to map out underwater landscapes. The world’s oceans are so vast, it would take 125 ships a full year to map the entire ocean floor with SONAR.
Within the past week, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded carbon dioxide levels reaching 415 part per million, the highest in human history. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas released by the burning of fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas, which then trap solar radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere. Anthropogenic, or human-caused, release of carbon dioxide is responsible for global temperature increases associated with climate change. In 2018 alone, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increased 2.7% (approx. 2.5ppm) and this rate is expected to... (more)