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As Much as 1/3 of Earth's Biomass Lives Beneath the Ocean Floor
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

They are referred to as intraterrestrials, organisms that live inside the Earth. Most live beneath the bottom of the oceans. Some live in the tens of meters of mud just beneath the seafloors; others, following fractures in rock, live hundreds of meters... Read More

Unique Marine Ecosystems Indicate How Ocean Acidification Will Affect Sea Life
Posted on 27 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A number of adverse environmental impacts are projected to occur from global warming. Although several atmospherically located substances will drive temperature increases, significant levels of CO2 may acidify the oceans. Ocean acidification is the name... Read More

Newly discovered deep-sea currents carry biota from one vent to another
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The "accepted wisdom" for many years has been that the deep-sea ocean floor was boring; nothing much happened, including currents. Some areas were assumed to be so devoid to life and motion that they were considered as potential burial sites... Read More

Hydrothermal vent communities are unexpectantly diverse
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

During the late 1970's, researchers discovered and elucidated deep-sea vent ecosystems. The picture was one of large tube worms, mussels, and other animals that lived on the chemical energy put forth by these vents. Now, researchers are finding that... Read More

Area from Massachusetts to North Carolina Faces Accelerating Sea Level Increase
Posted on 25 Jun 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Climate change has, on average, raised the surface of the world's oceans in recent decades by melting glaciers and causing seawater to expand as it warms. But the rise has not been uniform, just like the increase in ocean temperature. As noted in... Read More

Arctic salt clouds are reducting the impact of Global Climate Change on the Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted both the various impacts of Global Climate Change ("GCC") on various aspects of the Earth and its atmospheric systems, as well as the failure of many/most models to include such impacts within their parameters. For example... Read More

Movement of corals around Japan provides evidence of global warming
Posted on 27 Jan 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that in terms of ascertaining evidence of global warming, it may be worthwhile to assess the numerous studies of various potential indicators (e.g., migration patterns, drought, relocation of biota). Add another indicator. A... Read More

Unique Marine Ecosystems Indicate How Ocean Acidification Will Affect Sea Life
Posted on 27 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A number of adverse environmental impacts are projected to occur from global warming. Although several atmospherically located substances will drive temperature increases, significant levels of CO2 may acidify the oceans. Ocean acidification is the name... Read More

As Much as 1/3 of Earth's Biomass Lives Beneath the Ocean Floor
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

They are referred to as intraterrestrials, organisms that live inside the Earth. Most live beneath the bottom of the oceans. Some live in the tens of meters of mud just beneath the seafloors; others, following fractures in rock, live hundreds of meters... Read More

Newly discovered deep-sea currents carry biota from one vent to another
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The "accepted wisdom" for many years has been that the deep-sea ocean floor was boring; nothing much happened, including currents. Some areas were assumed to be so devoid to life and motion that they were considered as potential burial sites... Read More

Hydrothermal vent communities are unexpectantly diverse
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

During the late 1970's, researchers discovered and elucidated deep-sea vent ecosystems. The picture was one of large tube worms, mussels, and other animals that lived on the chemical energy put forth by these vents. Now, researchers are finding that... Read More

5th Circuit Dismisses Global Warming Appeal
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Samantha Drake

NEW ORLEANS — A divided en banc Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 28 dismissed the appeal of a panel decision that Mississippi residents have standing to sue the oil, coal and energy companies for releasing greenhouse gas emissions that... Read More

An entirely new carbon sink in the oceans may have been discovered
Posted on 30 Nov 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes that has run through prior posts is to note that our understanding of the carbon cycle may leave more than a little to be desired. Such lack of understanding may explain why the impacts of global warming are, in some cases, more severe... Read More

Another potential sign of global warming: Crabs are invading the shallow waters of the Southern Ocean
Posted on 12 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Numerous past posts have noted that evidence for global warming can be found in the numerous reports on specific environmental conditions and events around the globe (for example, the migration of corals around Japan, the trend in lakes around the world... Read More