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FAQs: Deep-Sea Mining

What is deep-sea mining?
Deep-sea mining is the proposed extraction of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources from the ocean floor at water depths greater than 200 meters (650 feet). Shallow-water mining for sand, tin, and diamonds already occurs in some locations around the globe.

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FAQs: Clinging jellyfish

What are clinging jellyfish?
Clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus) are small jellies—adults are about 2.5 centimeters (~1 inch) in diameter—that have an orange-brown cross on their transparent bodies. They are known as “clinging” jellyfish because they have sticky pads on their tentacles that allow them to anchor to seagrasses and seaweeds.

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Statement and FAQs on Cyberattack

On Tues., Oct. 13, 2015, the WHOI computer network was shut down for several hours and all WHOI email account holders were required to change their passwords. These actions were necessary because of an aggressive cyberattack on our system.

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Decompression sickness (the bends) in sea turtles: A new conservation threat

An international research team led by Daniel García (Director of Veterinary Services), Oceanográfic, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Spain reports in the scientific journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms that decompression sickness (DCS), also known as the bends, has been diagnosed for the first time in a live air-breathing, marine vertebrate—the loggerhead sea turtle.

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Beaufort Gyre Exploration Update

October 2014—A concerted 12-year study of a remote interior region of the Arctic Ocean—considered the flywheel of Arctic climate—has revealed significant environmental changes that could in turn cause further changes in ocean circulation and climate.

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FAQ: Nereus

Hybrid remotely operated vehicle (HROV) Nereus was confirmed lost 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) below the sea surface in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand on May 10, 2014, at about 2:45 p.m. local time (10:45 p.m. Friday EDT).

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Crowdsourcing Fukushima Update

Coastal communities from Alaska to southern California have joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine chemist Ken Buesseler to monitor marine radioactivity levels. More than three years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan, questions remain about how much radioactive material has been released and how widely and quickly it is dispersing across the Pacific Ocean.

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Beaufort Gyre sea ice thins in recent decades, impacts climate

The accumulation and melting of sea ice in the Arctic has an enormous impact on the local climate, which in turn can affect the global climate. As the climate warms and Arctic sea ice retreats, it has become crucial to understand the complex ice-atmosphere-ocean dynamics within the Arctic. One major component in this dynamic is the Beaufort Gyre (BG), a wind-driven sea ice circulation and freshwater reservoir in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea.

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WHOI Contributes to National Climate Assessment Report 3

More than 300 scientists contributed to the latest report on the current and future impacts of climate change on the United States. After an extensive review by experts from federal agencies and the National Academy of Sciences, the National Climate Assessment (NCA) Report 3 was approved and released for the public on May 6, 2014.

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FAQ: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has offered its expertise to the authorities responsible for the search for MH370. At this time, WHOI is not involved in the search. Until more information is available, we are limiting media interviews to those already booked.

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