By: Elizabeth M Young
Animals and other species manage to thrive well in brackish water by adapting to the factors that differ between fresh and saline water. There are also physical forces, such the force of water that concentrates and becomes more powerful in channels and estuaries, and there...
By: Elizabeth M Young
When phrases like transcriptome divergence, plasticity of opsid gene expression and symparitic speciation in a genus pop up, then molecular ecology is probably the culprit! It all begins with evolutionary biology, which is the study of species descent, then their change and development of diversity...
How planet Earth was formed
By: Francis Jock
The mechanics that could describe the formation of the third planet from the sun has defied an adequate scientific explanation for decades. Theories abound about how the big bang gave birth to the universe, as we know it, eventually spawning a mediocre galaxy with a...
By: Nan C Avery
BOP – Blow Out Preventer did not work on British Petroleum’s rig, Deepwater Horizon. Now comes the let’s name who is to blame game. What happened to the blowout preventer on the rig? The fail-safe equipment is the last defense to stop a...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Ecological Economics is a multidisciplinary field which combines the study of the environment with the study of economic endeavors and human social systems. It answers the questions that are never answered with a pure economics approach: but what happens to people? The operative concept is...
By: Marisol Dayton
By now, most people who watch or read the news have a basic idea of what a blowout preventer is. Ask anyone on the street and answers will probably sound something like, “It’s a valve that malfunctioned or wasn’t shut right and...
By: Peter Stern
An oil riser is an integral part of a drilling rig, which is a long complex pipe that connects the floating or anchored rig to the wellhead situated below the sea. The subsea well is drilled through the oil riser and enables the drilling mud...
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Environmental impacts if it reaches the Mississippi Delta
By: Miriam Dunn
In early April, organizations, like the Mississippi Delta Wildlife Refuge and the US Coast Guard, braced to deal with the effects of a 160-Square-Mile oil spill that reached the national wildlife refuge in the Delta. Water, waves, water ~ all beautiful and powerful elements of...
Problems associated with invasive species
By: Joe Knowles
The Problems associated with Invasive Species Invasive species come in many forms and are numerous throughout varying habitats. It is now known that the second largest threat to all species is the introduction of exotic species. Possibly the most infamous is the American Grey Squirrel...
By: Lenna Gonya
Oil and gas production methods are dangerous and require special fail-safe devices and constant monitoring, even under the best situations. However, when they are in the water, miles from land, they pose a whole different level of concern. While accidents are rare, they are costly...

 

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