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Rapid Response at Sea

As sea ice continues to melt in the Arctic and oil exploration expands in the region, the possibility of an oil spill occurring under ice is higher than ever. To help first responders cope with oil trapped under ice, ocean engineers are developing undersea vehicles that can map oil spills to improve situational awareness and decision making during an emergency.

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There’s an oil spill every day off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., where oil is seeping naturally from cracks in the seafloor into the ocean. Lighter than seawater, the oil floats to the surface. Some 20 to 25 tons of oil are emitted each day. (Photo by...)
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First discovered by WHOI researchers in 1979, deep sea hydrothermal vents harbor unexpected life including tubeworms, mussels, and other animals sustained by energy from chemicals escaping the seafloor. The discovery of such organisms thriving out of sunlight’s reach represented an important step in understanding life on our planet, and raised questions about the origin of life on Earth.  (Photo courtesy of Dan Fornari, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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WHOI geochemist Ken Buesseler discusses marine radioactivity monitoring in the Marshall Islands atop Runit Dome
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