Ocean Chemistry


The Power of Super Reefs

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For the First Annual World Reef Day, dive into this video about Super Reefs—coral reefs across the tropics that are able to withstand the stress of ocean warming, and can breed resilient larvae that can be used to reseed other reefs.

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New Study Finds Distinct Microbes Living Next to Corals

Laura Weber collects a syringe sample from seawater surrounding an Orbicella faveolata coral colony in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.

WHOI scientists distinct discover microbes living just a few centimeters from the surface of corals near the southern coast of Cuba. The discovery may yield clues about the ecological functions of microbes, and how they find and infect coral colonies.

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Chasing Ocean ‘Snowflakes’

Chasing Ocean ‘Snowflakes’

Scientists envision putting a flotilla of devices in the ocean to act as “eyes” that can track the “marine snow” that drifts down into the ocean.

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Ocean Acidification

The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agricultural activities is making seawater more acidic.

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Biogeochemistry

What is Biogeochemistry? Biogeochemistry is a relatively new scientific discipline that explores the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes and…

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Ocean Chemistry

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The understanding of chemistry in the ocean is critical because changes can influence marine life, and in turn, human life.

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Carbon Cycle

Carbon is the building block of life on Earth and has a powerful impact on the planet’s climate.

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The pH Scale

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pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution. The more hydrogen ions that are present,…

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To Tag a Squid

To Tag a Squid

How do you design a tag that can attach to a soft-bodied swimming animal and track its movements? Very thoughtfully.

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How Do Corals Build Their Skeletons?

How Do Corals Build Their Skeletons?

WHOI scientists discovered precisely how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons’ a factor that will help scientists predict how corals throughout the world will fare as the oceans become more acidic.

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