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On Top of the World

A helicopter takes off with a sling-load of freshly-drilled ice cores taken from the 2000-meter-high summit of an ice cap in west Greenland.

A helicopter takes off with a sling-load of freshly-drilled ice cores taken from the 2000-meter-high summit of an ice cap in west Greenland. “There was a mix of excitement to […]

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The Krill Crate

The Krill Tank

Scientists from WHOI and the University of Oregon transport a tank of juvenile krill (gray square box on small boat) to Palmer Station in Antarctica, where they will be analyzed […]

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Splash in the Dark

The human-occupied submersible Alvin isn’t often recovered after dark—usually it’s on deck in time for dinner, even though the sub holds enough oxygen, food, and water for the pilot and […]

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Hydrothermal Vents: Oasis in the dark

The waters around hydrothermal vents may seem harsh and inhospitable to life, but in reality, these regions are oases that support rich and diverse ecosystems that make a living off […]

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Reef Ray

Reef Ray

A manta ray glides over a coral reef on Jarvis Island in the Central Equatorial Pacific. A team from WHOI scientist Anne Cohen‘s lab, and scientist emeritus Pat Lohmann […]

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Featured Image: Teeming with Life

Teeming with Life

A close-up view of an Acropora coral reveals small individual coral polyps (the small, button-like dots), but a microscope is necessary to study the millions of inhabitants inside the […]

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A Mountainous Task

A Mountainous Task

The Galápagos archipelago is made up of 13 major volcanic islands that occupy a submerged platform rising more than three kilometers (nearly two miles) above the seafloor. During an Read More

Corals Under Threat

Corals Under Threat

A large school of bigeye trevally swim past a submarine carrying WHOI scientists descending in Cabu Pulmo National Park on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Overfishing had decimated […]

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Above the Reef Flat

Above the Reef Flat

Kan-Min of the Dongsha Atoll Research Station steers a research vessel over Dongsha’s coral reef in the South China Sea, where former MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Tom DeCarlo conducted […]

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Hunting Zombie Microbes

Hunting Zombie Microbes

Far below the ocean floor, sediments are teeming with bizarre, zombie-like microbes. Although they’re technically alive, they grow in slow motion, and can take decades for a single cell […]

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Good Omen

Good Omen

“I think it was a good omen, as everything has gone smoothly so far,” said WHOI senior scientist Al Plueddemann when describing the appearance of a snowy owl on the […]

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Sign of Stress

Sign of Stress

A staghorn coral branch (Acropora cervicornis) on a reef west of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, suffers from White Band Syndrome, a coral disease that has been a significant source […]

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Mighty Mites

Mighty Mites

Under a microscope, a copepod looks fearsome, but at only one-sixteenth of an inch, it won’t bother anyone. People seldom see these tiny marine crustaceans, but they may be the […]

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Buff Mussels

Buff Mussels

These deep-sea mussels were collected on an Alvin dive to the Florida Escarpment in the Gulf of Mexico. This rocky platform, 1.6 miles below the surface, is made of […]

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Sweet Hitchhiker

Sweet Hitchhiker

This sea urchin was collected from the ocean floor near the Galapagos Rift. The hitchhiking urchin was found in the basket on the front of the Alvin submersible only […]

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