What is the origin of water, and how it was created?
By: D. Vogt
Scientists are generally confident that they know where water came from originally, but the origin of the water on Earth itself is more of a mystery. Indeed, the Biblical book of Genesis itself, though offering a detailed account of some other aspects of the Judeo-Christian...
How the Dead Sea got its name
By: D. Vogt
The Dead Sea is a large salt lake which lies between present-day Israel and Jordan, and is famous for its appearance and role in the Biblical narrative of Jesus Christ. It gets its name because, as the lowest-lying lake in the world, it has a...
Why there are no modern machines to remove oil from ocean water
By: Sam E. Jones
In light of the recent oil leak/disaster, many people have come to wonder why there aren’t any means of simply sucking the oil/water mixture out of the ocean, separating the two, dumping the oil into a tanker and the water back into the sea...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Brackish biomesare easy to define in general terms: they are watery habitats that are less saline than the ocean and more saline than the freshwater biomes. But these habitats come in many forms or have many names such as marshes, wetlands, estuaries, mangrove swamps, inland...
By: Janet Grischy
The most amazing communities of the benthic zone, the bottom layer, of the Gulf of Mexico are the cold seeps. They are proof of the diversity of life, and of its persistence under conditions that we surface dwellers would find impossible. Not every form of...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The Gulf of Mexico has surface and deep currents. The surface currents are considered to be shallower than 500 meters. At 200 meters or less, the wind is considered to be the cause. Deeper, the relationship between the water and the Earth's rotation is involved...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The Northeastern Gulf of Mexico is on the minds of billions throughout the world right now due to the biggest environmental disaster in US history. Now that it is about to be damaged for the foreseeable future and beyond, there is interest in describing the...
Threats to coral reefs
By: Dave Hughes
The primary threat to coral reefs is their relative proximity to the activities of man. While most oceanic communities exist outside the immediate reach of events happening on land, coral inhabits shallow waters that border land masses of every size and description.When man...
The differences between deep and shallow water corals
By: Krista Tannahill
Corals reefs are one of the world's most diverse and unique underwater organisms. Not only do they grow in the shallow waters near the shores of the tropics but they also thrive in the deep cold waters of the ocean. Shallow coral reefs reside in...
What is coral bleaching?
By: Krista Tannahill
Coral bleaching is a disease that occurs during times of stress. The coral reacts by excreting the algae living within its soft tissues. The soft tissue of the coral are transparent and do not possess any color. The vibrant and beautiful colors displayed by coral...

 

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