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Vol. 51, No. 2, Winter 2016

Rivers and Lakes



A Mooring in Iceberg Alley

Fjords may link warming oceans and melting glaciers


Scientists Find Trigger That Cracks Lakes

Fast-draining lakes atop Greenland ice sheet could accelerate sea level rise

Ice, Wind & Fury

Scientists investigate the avalanche of winds known as piteraqs


MIT-WHOI graduate student Hannah Barkley is also conducting experiments to determine the impacts of higher carbon dioxide levels in the seawater.

Coral Crusader

Student seeks clues to conserve beleaguered reefs

Hidden Battles on the Reefs

How will corals fare in a changing ocean?



Detours on the Oceanic Highway

Student examines leaks from a great deep-sea current


The Riddle of Rip Currents

Scientists investigate how and where these dire beach hazards occur

Coral-Current Connections

Remote island lies in a strategic spot for research

The Biological Pump


Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Scientists reveal the hidden movements of particles and chemicals in the sea

Short-circuiting the Biological Pump

Tiny chemical compounds help choreograph a planet-size dance



Trouble in the Tropics

Scientist explores mysterious food-borne illness: ciguatera

A Green Thumb for Ocean Microbes

Growing marine bacteria in the laboratory is a challenge


Minerals Made by Microbes

Some geology naturally requires biology

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

Chemical compounds are the currency in ocean ecosystems

Big Questions About Tiny Bacteria

Novel experiments probe how life thrives at the seafloor


Seal Whiskers Inspire Marine Technology

By observing nature, biomimetic engineer designs new sensor

Specks in the Spectrometer

An atomic odyssey from the Great Calcite Belt to a data point

A Smarter Undersea Robot

Engineers seek to correct a curious deficiency

Sex, Citizen Science, The Sea Surface, The Solar System, Etc.

Epiphany Among the Manta Rays

Can we mobilize a navy of scuba divers as citizen scientists?

How Did Earth Get Its Ocean?

A student’s quest to learn the origin of our planet’s water

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