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Ocean Literacy

Ocean Acidification

In the 200-plus years since the industrial revolution began, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has increased due to human actions, and

Plankton: The superstars of the ocean

Marine plankton are key components of marine ecosystems and form the foundation for life in the ocean. Plankton sustain marine food webs by being a

Nature’s Solution to Climate Change

Marine biologists have recently discovered that whales – especially the great whales – play a significant role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere. Whales accumulate

Carbon cycle & sequestration

Another important role of the ocean is its ability to cycle and sequester carbon. The deep water and benthic sediments of the ocean are by

Ocean acidification

Ocean acidification is caused by an increase in atmospheric CO2 entering the water. The ocean absorbs roughly 30% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide, with the

Ocean biodiversity

Even though humanity’s actions to date have not always reflected it, many of us deeply appreciate the intrinsic value, biodiversity and beauty of the ocean. This