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What happens to natural gas in the ocean?

WHOI marine chemist Chris Reddy weighs in on a methane leak in the Baltic Sea

The spread of plastics and oil in Sri Lanka from the wreck of M/V X-Press Pearl

On May 20, 2021, the cargo ship M/V X-Press Pearl caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. The container ship was carrying 78 metric tons of a material known…

How WHOI’s young pioneers once tried to look for the lost city of Atlantis

When a new oceanographic institution began in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it was one of the few in the world equipped to search for a fabled sunken city, described…

A checkup for the oceans reveals threats to human health

The health of the world’s ocean is in serious decline—and human health is suffering as a result. A comprehensive report from the Monaco Commission and co-authored by several WHOI researchers…

WHOI-assisted study finds ocean dumping of DDT waste was “sloppy”

An investigative report this week in the LA Times features the work of WHOI’s marine geochemistry lab in identifying the discarded barrels and analyzing samples from the discovery.

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Dissolving oil in a sunlit sea

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From Oceanus Magazine

Pakistan’s ‘Ocean of Water’

WHOI’s Caroline Ummenhofer discusses how interactions between the Pacific and Indian Oceans influenced Pakistan’s devastating monsoon rains

What makes science, science? Indigenous scholar asks WHOI community to stay curious

Indigenous scholar Dr. Jessica Hernandez sparks discussion at WHOI about the under-appreciated value of Indigenous science in climate discussions

The predictive power of geochemistry

A WHOI researcher looks for changes in gas molecules to forecast volcanic eruptions such as Mauna Loa in Hawai’i.

Sargassum serendipity

A surprise find connects MIT students working on solutions for a harmful algal bloom in the Caribbean