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Eutrophication is when a large amount of nutrients enters the water and causes a sharp increase in the algae population, which then rapidly die off once these nutrients are used up, creating low-oxygen conditions. Eutrophication often happens in areas where fertilizer run-off from agriculture gets into the water. In extreme cases, it can kill off a large area of marine life from lack of oxygen.
Satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the earth’s surface are used to monitor some of the tiniest organisms in the ocean. Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that use the green pigment chlorophyll and the sun’s energy to produce food. NASA satellites can detect this green variation in the ocean’s color, which scientists use to estimate changes in the population of phytoplankton.
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.
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau refer to Hawaiʻian proverbs that generally hold deep historical and cultural lessons. One example is "Ho aʻe ka ʻike heʻenalu i ka hokua o ka ʻale" which translates to "show your knowledge of surfing on top of the waves". The deeper meaning is that talking about one’s skill is not enough, only action can show it. Remember to not only show your knowledge but show your action by helping to conserve our ocean resources.
The largest mountain on earth is actually in the state of Hawaiʻi! When measured from the floor of the ocean, Mauna Kea is over 3,000 feet taller than Mount Everest.
A new study published in the journal Science Advances, reveals new information on the evolutionary history of the largest animal on earth, the blue whale. Researchers at the German Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, Geothe University, and the University of Lund in Sweden analyzed the genomes of three whale species: the blue whale, humpback whale, and gray whale. Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are currently listed as endangered on the ICUN Red List and populations are slowly increasing after heavy whaling in the 1900's. The whales can live to approximately 80-90... (more)