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Vol. 45, No. 2, Aug. 2006

Into the Mouth of Hell

Into the Mouth of Hell

It's one thing to look down the throat of an active volcano. It's another to climb inside. But that's what WHOI geologist Ken Sims did to gather gas samples to explore how the Earth is evolving. In the watery regions of our planet, WHOI scientists have been applying new technologies and methods to help the National Marine Fisheries Service in its daunting task of seeing through the sea to estimate fish stocks and help maintain fisheries and fish habitats.

Features

Research News

Jason photo of volcano eruption

Jason Versus the Volcano

Undersea robot provides a rare close-up view of a deep-sea eruption

WHOI biologists Sibel Karchner, Mark Hahn, and Diana Franks (front to back) found that small molecular differences in a critical protein in two kinds of birds made one species much more sensitive to an environmental contaminant, dioxin.

The Chicken and the Tern

Why is one bird species much more sensitive to dioxin poisoning?

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A Modest Proposal to Sustain Lobsters and Lobstermen

Relax minimum legal size requirements, but reduce number of traps

walrus calf

Abandoned Walrus Calves Reported in the Arctic

Melting sea ice may be forcing mothers to strand their pups in deep water

Histioteuthis sp., squid

Voyage Takes a Census of Life in the Sea

Scientists net a wealth of tiny marine animals, including species never seen before

	Ocean Microscope Reveals Surprising Abundance of Life

Ocean Microscope Reveals Surprising Abundance of Life

Widespread bacterial colonies may play crucial role in ocean ecosystem

	Lurking Benignly on the Seafloor, the ‘Yeti’ Crab is Discovered

Lurking Benignly on the Seafloor, the ‘Yeti’ Crab is Discovered

The white, long-armed, shaggy creature represents an entirely new family of crabs

Transparent Animal May Play Overlooked Role in the Ocean

Transparent Animal May Play Overlooked Role in the Ocean

Swarming by the billions, gelatinous salps transport tons of carbon to the depths

Ocean Technology

WHOI biogeochemist Ken Buesseler uses a crossbow to retrieve a Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Trap after one of its missions in the depths.

Swimming in the Rain

Novel untethered vehicle catches 'marine snow' falling through the sea

Students at Work

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

Graduate student works to adapt laser technology to detect chemicals on the seafloor

Ocean Policy

ocean observatory

Scientists Gear Up to Launch Ocean Observing Networks

Stations throughout the oceans can monitor conditions and transmit data 24-7

A Conversation With...

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A Journey to the Ocean's Twilight Zone

A conversation with marine biogeochemist Ken Buesseler

Around WHOI

WHOI President and Director Robert Gagosian Steps Down

WHOI President and Director Robert Gagosian Steps Down

James Luyten, executive vice president, becomes acting president & director

HROV named Nereus

New Hybrid Deep-sea Vehicle Is Christened Nereus

Unique underwater vehicle is named in nationwide student contest

New WHOI Class Helps Students Communicate with Public

New WHOI Class Helps Students Communicate with Public

Graduate students learn how to talk the talk when they're not talking with other scientists

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