Causes of ocean currents
By: James Johnson
What causes ocean currents, but also what actually are ocean currents and why do they flow in certain patterns or shift? These are good questions and not as difficult to answer as most think. An ocean current is a large mass of water that moves...
By: Tim Harry
Geography and oceanography are full of terms that most people recognise, but are very difficult when it comes to actually defining them. Oceanography in particular has words like ocean, sea, gulfs and bays, and most people think that they know the difference, but there is...
By: Tim Harry
The river Nile was the lifeblood of Egypt in antiquity, but for Egyptians, Romans and Greeks alike, the source of the Nile was considered to be the ultimate mystery. The River Nile is normally measured at being the world’s longest river at 4160 miles...
By: Tim Harry
Most people will never have heard of red rain, after all in most people’s eyes rain is just colourless water falling from the skies. Coloured rain though is not an uncommon event, and has been often reported over the years. Arguably the most famous...
Why is drinking sea water dangerous?
By: Judith Willson
Drinking a little bit of seawater is not actually particularly dangerous in itself. If you have ever been swimming in the ocean you are bound to have accidentally done this and you are still here. However you cannot hydrate by drinking seawater, and in fact...
Why is drinking sea water dangerous?
By: Rob Gray
“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink, Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” These sage words are from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Following this little limerick at sea could save a person’s...
Endangered sea creatures
By: Judith Willson
Hundreds of thousands of once common animals are endangered. In the seas these range from tiny plankton to the great whales and sharks. Many creatures we probably do not yet even know exist. Our knowledge of the oceans is still limited and hundreds of new...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The general understanding are that oceans, while they comprise the largest bodies of water on Earth, and that they are the largest part of Earth, are defined by a variety of standards, while seas are defined by an equally differing variety of standards. The general...
Causes of deterioration of coral reefs
By: James Johnson
Causes of deterioration, and degradation, of coral reefs can be numerous, and many are propagated by man. Let's look at both natural causes and man-made. It surprises many people to learn that there are natural cause for destruction of coral reefs, but it should not...
By: John G Evans
Who was Norman L. Skene, an MIT graduate born 1878 and lived till 1932 and proved himself as nothing but a genius of many different disciplines; i.e., a mathematician, a man of oceanographic physics, aerodynamics, designer, artist, builder, engineer; a writer? A colleague and...

 

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