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What is El Nino?

These images show sea surface topography and upper ocean temperature data from satellites and buoys. The height of the sea is represented by...

What is the difference between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis?

Close up of a tubeworm “bush,” which mines for sulfide in the carbonate substrate with their roots. The sulfide is metabolized by bacteria...

What is bioluminescence?

Many deep-sea organisms are able to emit "living light" through a chemical reaction, bringing light to the otherwise total darkness of the deep...

What is ocean acidification?

Limacina helicina, a free-swimming planktonic snail. These snails, known as pteropods, form a calcium carbonate shell and are an important food source in...

Do medicines come from the sea?

The deep-sea sponge, Forcepia species, produces a series of compounds called lasonolides, which exhibit promising biomedical properties for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. ...

What is an AUV?

The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry is designed to dive as deep as 6,000 meters (19,685 feet). It is powered by more than 1,000 lithium-ion batteries...

Why are so many deep-sea animals red in color?

The deep-sea scyphozoan jellyfish, Atolla wyvillei, as seen under white light. Image courtesy of Edith A. Widder, Operation Deep Scope 2005 Exploration, NOAA-OE. Did...

What is an ROV?

NOAA's Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle explores during a 2013 expedition to investigate the U.S. Atlantic canyons. Image courtesy of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer...

What features form at plate tectonic boundaries?

Superheated molten lava, about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, is about to explode into the water at the West Mata volcano along the Pacific Ring...

How do living organisms produce light?

This short-nose greeneye fish exhibited green fluorescence under blue light. Image courtesy of Edie Widder, Operation Deep Scope 2004. <!-- Did You Know? Investigating...

What are marine microbes?

Marine bacteria growing on an agar plate. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM. Did You Know? Initiated on the summer solstice in...

How deep is the ocean?

In areas of the ocean where sunlight does not penetrate, organisms such as these Riftia tubeworms seen along the Galapagos Rift have adapted to...

What is upwelling?

During upwelling, wind-displaced surface waters are replaced by cold, nutrient-rich water that wells up from below. Figure modified by D. Reed from image...

Why are seamounts ‘hot spots’ for biodiversity?

One spectacular hard rock area had a very high coral diversity during a on Retriever Seamount. This one image has bamboo corals, black...

How do deep-ocean habitats differ from ocean habitats near the sea...

Organisms living in the deep ocean must survive in a physical environment that is radically different from ocean habitats near the sea surface....

What is an Expendable Bathythermograph, or “XBT”?

Okeanos Explorer Mapping Team Lead Meme Lobecker conducts an XBT cast to measure temperature down to 760 meters in order to correct mapping...

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