Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Southern Ocean winds open window to the deep sea
03/14/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have discovered how changes in winds blowing on the Southern Ocean drive variations in the depth of the surface layer of sea water responsible for regulating exchanges of heat and carbon dioxide between the ocean and the atmosphere.
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People will forgo luxury for green products when status is on mind, researcher finds
03/14/2010 - 23:00
A new study finds that people will forgo luxury and comfort for a green item.
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Earthquake observatory in Northern Chile to monitor the last seismic gap
03/14/2010 - 23:00
The high-magnitude earthquake of Feb. 27, 2010 in southern Central Chile closed one of the two remaining seismic gaps at the South American plate boundary. After the quake of Concepción, the remaining gap in the north of Chile now holds potential for a comparable strong quake and is, thus, moving more and more into the focus of attention.
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Phylogenetic analysis of Mexican cave scorpions suggests adaptation to caves is reversible
03/12/2010 - 00:00
A new study of the scorpion family Typhlochactidae, a group of nine dark-adapted species endemic to Mexico, shows that specialized traits are not necessarily an evolutionary dead end. At least three reversals, or a return to generalized morphology, were found in a phylogenetic analysis.
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Scarcity of phosphorus threat to global food production
03/11/2010 - 00:00
Phosphorus is just as important to agriculture as water. But a lack of availability and accessibility of phosphorus is an emerging problem that threatens our capacity to feed the global population. Like nitrogen and potassium, it is a nutrient that plants take up from the soil and it is crucial to soil fertility and crop growth.
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