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Vol. 44, No. 3, Dec. 2005

Is the Arctic Feeling the Heat?

Is the Arctic Feeling the Heat?

In 2005, the ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean shrank to its smallest size since researchers began keeping records a century ago. In the past five years, scientists reported that many Greenland glaciers are sliding faster to the sea and melting at their edges. Climate simulations indicate that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will accelerate melting. Are these temporary phenomena or the first hints of long-term climate change? The answers are critical because the Arctic will not just feel the impacts of climate change, it will also cause a cascade of other global changes. As the Arctic goes, most scientists say, so goes the planet.

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Features

Research News

 Cold Comfort for Barnacles

Cold Comfort for Barnacles

Researchers are surprised to find that frozen barnacle larvae can revive

Two Ships and a Sub

Three Ships and a Sub

Keeping up with the research vessels Knorr, Atlantis, Oceanus, and the deep-sea submersible Alvin

dead finback surrounded by sharks

Big Whale, Big Sharks, Big Stink

R/V Tioga sent into action to perform whale necropsy at sea

Finding Nemo...and Other Endangered Fish

Finding Nemo...and Other Endangered Fish

A new method to tag and track fish will help protect threatened species

smoke stacks

Earth Can't Soak Up Excess Fossil Fuel Emissions Indefinitely

By the end of the century, the land and ocean may reach their capacity to absorb greenhouse gas from the atmosphere

Scientists Find a New Twist in How Squids Swim

Scientists Find a New Twist in How Squids Swim

In real life, squids behave differently than they do in theory

Ann Mulligan in Waquoit Bay

'Seasonal Pump' Moves Water Between Ocean and Aquifers

Seawater is drawn underground in winter and flows into ocean in summer

Ocean Policy

eastern oyster

Should Eastern Oysters Be Put on the Endangered List?

Attempt to save a local population stirs national controversy

Ocean Technology

Action, Camera ... Lights

Action, Camera ... Lights

New deep-sea “light post” illuminates the ocean's perpetual night

Students at Work

Eric Montie surfing

Scientific (and Surfing) Safari

On and off the job, a MIT/WHOI graduate student displays his passion for the ocean

Around WHOI

John Farrington presides over his last commencement as vice president for Academic Programs at WHOI in September.

A Touchstone for Marine Chemists and Students Retires

John Farrington was celebrated by scientists and future scientists

Claudia S. Heyman

Institution Receives Surprise Bequest

Students, journalists benefit from other WHOI programs and development activities

The Stanley W. Watson Laboratory (foreground) and the Marine Research Facility (background) provide new offices and laboratories for more than 90 WHOI employees.

WHOI Opens New Research Facilities

Stanley W. Watson Laboratory and Marine Research Facility provide offices and labs for more than 90 employees

A Conversation With...

Supraglacial lakes, several kilometers long, form in summer from melted ice atop the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Tracking an Ocean of Ice Atop Greenland

A conversation with geologist Sarah Das

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