A particularly large bloom of phytoplankton have illuminated the Black Sea into a bright turquoise color.
New mathematical model to explain how a massive bloom of phytoplankton is growing under the Arctic sea ice.
Warming oceans accelerate Synechococcus' cell division leading to earlier annual bloom.
In the dark polar night, when the moon appears over the horizon, things happen. That is, the huge mass of tiny marine life, or zooplankton, take on a migration in order not to be viewed by their light-seeing predators.
Researchers who looked at both NASA satellite images and sophisticated imaging that looks at currents and light in the ocean to determine phytoplankton numbers, have determined that since 1998, some of the food-chain building blocks and carbon storers have declined.
While the Gulf of Mexico's oyster industry was hard-hit by Katrina and Deepwater Horizon, oyster restoration projects are busy around the country. How can you contribute? Bring in oyster shells, or let kids help raise young oysters in schools.
Researchers recently discovered that some phytoplankton species cause ice formation in clouds over arctic or remote oceans. The organic waste from this ocean plant life is ejected into the atmosphere via sea spray from breaking waves.
Large dust storms carry valuable particles eastward to the Pacific Ocean for phytoplankton to feed on. Since this species naturally combats climate change, varying storm deposits could have a detrimental effect.
Iron stored in glaciers is running off into certain Antarctic coast marine areas, feeding phytoplankton and thus the rest of the marine food chain.
The first digital map of the sea floor has been created by researchers led by the University of Sydney. It combines data collected from more than 15,000 seafloor samples, over 50 years.
Using a new and gentle processing system via robotic submarine, and going to within a meter or two of the ocean floor, scientists have gathered the first high-volume collection of the ocean's building-block organisms.
Ocean microbes may play an important role beneath the surface, but now new research shows that they are linked to processes in the atmosphere as well, and may even directly impact climate change.
No, Canadian lakes aren't going to start looking like big bowls of JELL-O, but they are becoming the homes of a stunning number of jelly-coated organisms that compete with plankton for food and other resources. That's alarming news for researchers, who worry that this imbalance is putting vital ecosystems in trouble.
NASA and its satellites have been spying on the Earth's plankton for some time now, and experts can now say with some certainty that climate change its truly impacting the predator-prey "dance" of these all-important organisms.
New research has shown that common ingredients in sunscreens can become toxic after washing off in the ocean, threatening essential marine and harming ecosystems as a whole. These same toxins could be seeping into users' skin, causing some to worry that this tool of cancer prevention is actually raising their risk.