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The Deepest Divers

The Deepest Divers

For years, sperm whales and elephant seals were thought to hold world records for holding their breath under water. But…

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Rescue Mission on the Seafloor

Rescue Mission on the Seafloor

The two earthquake-monitoring instruments—each the size and weight of a small refrigerator—were glued to the ocean bottom by erupting lava…

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The Lo-o-o-ng Core

The Lo-o-o-ng Core

Since the early part of the 20th century, scientists have been going to sea on ships equipped with long, hollow…

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A Ridge Too Slow?

A Ridge Too Slow?

Ever since scientists first discovered vents gushing hot, mineral-rich fluids from the seafloor in the Pacific Ocean 30 years ago,…

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Cell-sized Thermometers

Cell-sized Thermometers

Climate shifts are a repeating feature in Earth’s history, but humans have added so much greenhouse gas (especially carbon dioxide)…

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Letter from Kangiqsujuaq

Letter from Kangiqsujuaq

Charlie’s Motel was a welcome break from Kangiqsujuaq’s airport in northernmost Quebec, where we had just spent six hours uselessly…

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Current Events off Antarctica

Current Events off Antarctica

The scientific method can divert researchers down curious pathways. Human psychologists study mouse brains. Astrophysicists look for cosmic particles deep…

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Why the West Wind Wobbles

Why the West Wind Wobbles

Winds and temperatures in Earth’s atmosphere vary from month to month and year to year in countless ways. Decades of…

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