What is Forchhammer’s Principle?

March 23, 2017

Forchhammer’s Principle refers to the chemical composition of ocean water. In 1865, the Danish geologist and mineralogist Johan Georg Forchhammer, with the help of naval and civilian collaborators, collected numerous samples of seawater from the […]

What is marine biogeography?

March 22, 2017

Marine biogeography is the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and the relationships between living organisms and the environment. By mapping benthic habitats, studying what occurs on the bottom of a […]

What is the loudest animal?

March 21, 2017

This is a trick question of sorts with two animals sharing the title depending on your perspective. The sperm whale has been recorded reaching 230 decibels, the loudest recorded sound in the animal kingdom. However, […]

What is the largest animal ever?

March 16, 2017

Weighing more than 330,000 pounds (150,000 kg) and measuring more than 100 feet (30 m), the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest animal to have ever lived. The tongue of a blue whale weighs […]

Which whale is named for a noted biographer?

March 7, 2017

The only beaked whale found in the waters off of Alaska, the Stejneger’s beaked whale is named for Leonhard Stejneger, who was the first to describe the species after finding a skull on Bering Island […]

What are beach advisories and beach closures?

March 6, 2017

Beach advisories and beach closures occur when water testing reveals the presence of one or more contaminants that exceed healthy standards. A beach advisory leaves it up to users as to whether they wish to […]

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