A description of the continental shelf
By: Catherine Duffy
Along the edge of each continent is a sloping, subsurface earthen mass extending from the continent's terrestrial base. This area, known as the continental shelf, provides an environment hospitable to fish and plant life. The area is also home to energy sources like natural gas...
By: Allen Teal
The churning of the great bodies of water on the earth is a vital part of the health of the planet. As the ocean’s water rises and falls with the ebb and flow of the tides, nutrients are stirred about to keep them distributed...
Why tides rise and fall
By: William O'Neal Stringer
"Tides are created because the Earth and the moon are attracted to each other, just like magnets are attracted to each other." By Keith Cooley. The surface of the ocean will rise and fall in a predictable manner according to the position of the...
By: Maria C Collins
Rivers flow from their source, in hills or mountains, to the sea and in doing so they shape the land by eroding, transporting, and depositing silt, gravel, and other material. The flow or energy of the water depends on the gradient of the land over...
By: Bethan Jenkins
The United Kingdom is no stranger to flooding. In fact there is much being done to manage river flooding in the UK due to it risking up to 5 million UK citizens lifestyles. With damages annually amounting to an estimated £800 million, much needs...
By: Grandma McGraw
Rivers are amazing sculptors of land. Over eons of time, waterways, both large and small, are responsible for much of what is observable about the landscape. The fact that water runs downhill is well known, but the way rivers shape the land is much more...
By: Mac Pike
A Bathysphere is a spherical, armored and watertight container meant to enclose one or more human observers, or in some cases, camera equipment. It is used to investigate under water environments at great depth. It is lowered and retrieved by cable from a surface support...
By: Kenneth Andrews
The Australian government recently announced plans to create the world's largest ever marine reserve in the Coral Sea, according to coverage by the BBC. The reserve area would limit fishing and also prevent oil and gas exploration and drilling, protecting the increasingly scarce coral reef...
Marine survey discovers brainless fish
By: Laurie Childree
Marine surveys discovered fifteen rare species of fish during 2011, one of which was faceless and brainless. In the waters of Orkney off Tankerness the prehistoric Amphioxus was found. It is representative of the early evolution of the backbone with the nerve chord that runs...
By: L.S. Watts
Out of all the places on Earth, the ocean still remains a place of intrigue and mystery. When oceanographers and marine biologists study the ocean, they tend to concentrate within one subdivision at a time. Scientists have divided the ocean up into several major subdivisions...

 

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