How does climate change affect sharks?

October 17, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): No sharks have lived in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica for thousands of years, but that may soon change. […]

What is the Sargasso Sea?

July 14, 2017

What is the Sargasso Sea? The Sargasso Sea is the world’s only sea that does not touch land at any point. All other seas touch land at some point, but the edges of the Sargasso Sea […]

What are spring and neap tides?

April 28, 2017

A spring tide—popularly known as a “King Tide”—refers to the ‘springing forth’ of the tide during new and full moon. A neap tide—seven days after a spring tide—refers to a period of moderate tides when […]

What is Ocean Acidification?

April 27, 2017

Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. For more than 200 years, or […]

What is a seiche?

April 25, 2017

A seiche is a standing wave oscillating in a body of water. If you have observed water sloshing back and forth in a swimming pool, bathtub, or cup of water, you may have witnessed a […]

Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?

April 24, 2017

Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Over […]

What is a hurricane?

April 19, 2017

A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms but no fronts (a […]

Is the Earth round?

April 18, 2017

The Earth is an irregularly shaped ellipsoid. While the Earth appears to be round when viewed from the vantage point of space, it is actually closer to an ellipsoid. However, even an ellipsoid does not […]

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