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Vol. 43, No. 2, Dec. 2004

Ocean Life

Ocean Life

The oceans cover 70 percent of the planet's surface and constitute 99 percent of its living space, and every drop of ocean water holds living things. Without its oceans, Earth would be a rock in space, and life may never have appeared on our planet.

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Introduction

The Undiscovered Ocean

Coral Gardens in the Dark Depths

Coral Gardens in the Dark Depths

Scientists seek to learn more about these abundant, fragile, and now-threatened communities

Little Things  Matter A Lot

Little Things Matter A Lot

Overlooked in the ocean until the 1970s, cyanobacteria are among Earth's most important organisms

The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean

The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean

Discoveries of unusual marine microbes are radically changing our views about the evolution of life

 Life in the Arctic Ocean

Life in the Arctic Ocean

A unique, complex food web is fashioned by distinctive species and environmental factors

Shedding Light on Light in the Ocean

Shedding Light on Light in the Ocean

New research is illuminating an optically complex environment

Ocean Ecosystems and Resources

hither the North Atlantic Right Whale?

Whither the North Atlantic Right Whale?

Scientists explore many facets of whales' lives to help species on the edge of extinction

Scientists Muster to Help Right Whales

Scientists Muster to Help Right Whales

With time running out, an ambitious research plan is launched for an endangered species

The Secret Lives of Fish

The Secret Lives of Fish

Scientists learn to read the 'diary' recorded in the ear bones of fish

 Tracking Fish to Save Them

Tracking Fish to Save Them

The Reef Fish Connectivity and Conservation Initiative

Do Marine Protected Areas Really Work?

Do Marine Protected Areas Really Work?

Georges Bank experiment offers new insights on age-old questions about closing areas to fishing

Can We Catch More Fish and Still Preserve the Stock?

Can We Catch More Fish and Still Preserve the Stock?

Mathematical analyses offer new insights into age-old controversies on fishing restriction

	Voyages into the Antarctic Winter

Voyages into the Antarctic Winter

Pioneering cruises into the pack ice of the Southern Ocean reveal secrets of its fertile ecosystem

New Technologies

Run Deep, But Not Silent

Run Deep, But Not Silent

A new tagging device lets scientists 'go along for the ride' into the underwater world of whales

	Playing Tag with Whales

Playing Tag with Whales

Engineers overcome nightmarish specifications to create a dream instrument

How to See What Whales Hear

How to See What Whales Hear

Biomedical imaging reveals new insights into marine mammal ears

Invisible Abundance

Revealing the Ocean's Invisible Abundance

Scientists develop new instruments to study microbes at the center of the ocean food web

Sensors to Make Sense of the Sea

Sensors to Make Sense of the Sea

An expanding variety of sensors is changing they way we monitor dynamic ocean systems

Down to the Sea on (Gene) Chips

Down to the Sea on (Gene) Chips

The genomics revolution is transforming the way scientists can study life in the oceans

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