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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?
What’s the longest mountain range on Earth? Nope it’s not the Andes! The Mid-Ocean Ridge is a long connected series of underwater mountains that crisscross the globe like the seams on a baseball. This long mountain range is found in all of the world’s oceans and is made up of oceanic crust or rock that is 200 million years old.
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.
We get excited when lava flows from our volcanoes, but actually 90% of the volcanic activity that happens worldwide occurs underwater!
If you could take all of the bigger organisms of the ocean (whales, sharks, fish, squid) and add up their total weight, and then took all of the microscopic organisms (like plankton) in the ocean and added up their total weight, which one would weigh more? You might be surprised to hear that the microscopic organisms weigh over 40 times more than all other organisms in the ocean combined!
Photo: Oregon State University Salmon are an important member of the ecosystem, economy, and culture in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. However, over the past several decades, wild populations of salmon in the region have decreased significantly, with many stocks listed as threatened or endangered under the US Endangered Species Act. In the 19th century, hatcheries for salmon were developed and now serve a role in providing salmon and steelhead stock for fisheries and contributing to conservation efforts. Although hatcheries show the potential to have a positive impact,... (more)