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On the outside, green turtles are usually some combination of brown, black and grey in color, with yellow accents. They are called “green” turtles because their internal fat tissue is green due to their herbivorous diet.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean basin. At over 59 million square miles, the Pacific is over sixteen times larger than the entire surface area of the United States.
We get excited when lava flows from our volcanoes, but actually 90% of the volcanic activity that happens worldwide occurs underwater!
Ground breaking scientific research has found that the hole in the ozone layer caused by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) is actually driving a change in the wind patterns and the current patterns around the South Pole. It’s important to remember that activities we do and the products that we use on a daily basis can have a drastic effect on our planet.
If you had to guess what the most abundant organism in the ocean was, would you guess microorganisms? There are about 1 billion cells of bacteria in every liter of seawater. Marine viruses, which generally attack other microscopic organisms, are even more abundant, with about 10 billion in one liter of seawater. Most bacteria and viruses in the ocean are not harmful to humans.
Photo: Ji Hoon Justin Han In a new study, published in the journal PeerJ, scientists replicate a set of experiments from the 1970s to test whether corals on reefs in the Pacific are acclimatizing or adapting to increased thermal stress. Coral reefs around the globe are experiencing more frequent and severe high temperature events, which can lead to a bleaching response, in which corals lose their symbiotic algae. Bleached corals, which appear white after losing their zooxanthellae, can die if the environmental conditions do not improve. In the 1970’s, a set of experiments was... (more)