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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.
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.
Scientists in Canada got a surprise while doing studies on human forensics. To look at how bodies decompose, they tossed pig carcasses into so called "dead zones", areas of low oxygen in the ocean. However, much to their surprise, sharks, lobsters, and other scavengers risked going into these suffocating conditions and ate their experiment!
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.
A tsunami is a giant wave generated when an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption occurs under water. The wave can carry a large amount of energy. As this massive energy approaches shore, the wave grows higher and higher and can come very far inland. Always heed tsunami warnings and head to higher ground!
Photo: MIT The cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus is the smallest and most abundant photosynthesizing cell in the ocean. The hidden complexity of this microorganism has fascinated scientists for years. Ecotypes of Prochlorococcus live on the surface of the ocean down to 200m and in total, this organism is responsible for about 5% of global photosynthesis. Interestingly, it has about four times as many genes as humans, over 80,000! Science Magazine produced the video below to highlight the amazing characteristics of this microorganism. For more, read about Prochlorococcus and the... (more)