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Hidden Battles on the Reefs

Hidden Battles on the Reefs

January 7, 2015

A new study led by WHOI scientists shows how changing ocean conditions can combine to intensify erosion of coral reefs.

Coral-Current Connections

Coral-Current Connections

October 20, 2014

Will climate change shift a key ocean current in the Pacific? A graduate student is looking for clues recorded in coral skeletons.

The Synergy Project, Part II

The Synergy Project, Part II

February 22, 2013

Back in my high school, and maybe yours too, kids naturally separated into cliques—jocks, punks, preppies, hippies, and at the extremes of the mythical left- and right-hemisphere brain spectrum, nerds and the artsy types. The latter two never spoke to each other. The rest of us rarely talked to either of them. Too bad. We…

The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project

February 15, 2013

Back in my high school, and maybe yours too, kids naturally separated into cliques—jocks, punks, preppies, hippies, and at the extremes of the mythical left- and right-hemisphere brain spectrum, nerds and the artsy types. The latter two never spoke to each other. The rest of us rarely talked to either of them. Too bad. We…

The Scientist Who Stays Out in the Cold

The Scientist Who Stays Out in the Cold

December 19, 2011
Turning Carbon Dioxide Gas into Rock

Turning Carbon Dioxide Gas into Rock

October 22, 2009
Hurricane Hunter

Hurricane Hunter

February 13, 2009

Soon after they married, Jon Woodruff asked his new wife Akiko Okusu if she’d like to take a trip to her native Japan. Not for a belated honeymoon, but to help him drag several hundred pounds of mud from the bottom of a remote, humid lagoon. Woodruff, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, also…

Antarctic Andrea

Antarctic Andrea

July 1, 2008

The sound of boots crunching on brick-red gravel filled the thin Antarctic air. Three scientists—geologists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)—had been climbing for 30 minutes, staring at their feet and trying not to stumble in the fine scree of lava pebbles. As the slope leveled off at the summit, the suddenness of the panorama…

Plumbing the Plume That Created Samoa

Plumbing the Plume That Created Samoa

November 20, 2007

Matthew Jackson began his journey to the center of the Earth on lonely gravel roads in Montana. Uninterested in motorcycles and horses, and miles from neighbors and friends, Jackson roamed on his family’s 6,000-acre cattle ranch an hour north of Yellowstone Park and flanked by the Rocky Mountains. His eyes hunted for agates and petrified wood…

A Rare Glimpse Into the Ocean's Crust

A Rare Glimpse Into the Ocean’s Crust

November 6, 2006

About one and a half million years ago, a great hidden piece of the ocean’s crust uplifted and rotated, giving Clare Williams a window and a time machine into Earth’s mysterious mantle. About halfway between Florida and Africa on a massive seafloor fault, a seismic slippage caused part of the crust’s top layers of basalt…