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The Hawaiʻian Islands chain found in the Pacific Ocean is the most isolated Archipelago, located approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles and about 3,900 miles southeast of Tokyo.
In the ocean, as on land, elements are constantly being cycled through different animals. An important player in this cycling process is bacteria. Bacteria can take organic matter, such as a fish carcass, and break it down to some of the essential compounds required for life. Bacteria sometimes get a dirty reputation, but they’re actually nature’s recyclers!
New research shows that global climate change will affect the distribution of phytoplankton. Under warmer conditions, phytoplankton are expected to migrate away from the tropics and shift towards the cooler polar waters, which means we will have less diversity of phytoplankton around the tropics, which could also reduce fish diversity, impacting millions of people that rely on this food resource.
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.
We get excited when lava flows from our volcanoes, but actually 90% of the volcanic activity that happens worldwide occurs underwater!
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)