17 June 2016

Study: Waste heat major source of national warming

Study: Waste heat major source of national warming

“This is a major source of climate change that has not been looked at,” said John Murray of The Open University in Milton Keynes, England and lead author of the new study accepted for publication in Earth’s Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “Any kind of energy consumption generates heat” Murray said.

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16 June 2016

The Expected Unexpected

The Expected Unexpected

The challenge is that the scientists have had great difficulty finding evidence that we are indeed on the plume. Amicable discussions often take place in R/V Falkor’s Dry Lab or the Library. Joseph might think that the satellite images give evidence a certain location is within the reaches of the plume, but oceanographer Annalisa Bracco might reply the data could also be related to coastal upwelling, and not the plume itself.

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15 June 2016

New study questions source of rare Earth metals that provide clues to life’s origins

New study questions source of rare Earth metals that provide clues to life’s origins

A new study is reviving a decades-old debate about how Earth’s rarest elements came to exist on our planet – theories that have implications for the origin of life.

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5 Reflections Beyond World Oceans Day

5 Reflections Beyond World Oceans Day

June 8 was World Oceans Day, but onboard every day is ocean’s day: non-stop work to better our understanding of 70 percent of our planet. We asked some of our crew and scientists to share thoughts we could consider beyond one calendar date.

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14 June 2016

Unidentified Strange Object

Unidentified Strange Object

Not only has Rhizosolenia turned out in the water samples collected in the latest CTD cast, but it has company: the cyanobacteria Richelia. The exciting aspect is they are together, coexisting in a intracellular symbiotic relationship.

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13 June 2016

NASA Mars orbiters reveal seasonal dust storm pattern

NASA Mars orbiters reveal seasonal dust storm pattern

For six recent Martian years, temperature records from NASA Mars orbiters reveal a pattern of three types of large regional dust storms occurring in sequence at about the same times each year during the southern hemisphere spring and summer. Each Martian year lasts about two Earth years.

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10 June 2016

Exploring the Ocean Balance of C, N and P

Exploring the Ocean Balance of C, N and P

In order to understand how our oceans are changing, it is necessary to take a close look at what is going on with plankton. It is not only the very base of the food chain but also provides several key services, such as removing carbon dioxide from the water and atmosphere, and fixing nitrogen.

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9 June 2016

The Dragons are Calling

The Dragons are Calling

The 12th longest river in the world has summoned us here. It is born in China, and after flowing through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, the Mekong River arrives in Vietnam and merges with the South China Sea. When it joins, it does not come alone but is escorted by all sorts of human-induced modifications.

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8 June 2016

Antarctic lakes provide glimpse of ancient forest fires, modern human impacts

Antarctic lakes provide glimpse of ancient forest fires, modern human impacts

The perpetually ice-covered lakes in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys preserve the dissolved remnants of black carbon from thousand-year-old wildfires as well as modern day fossil fuel use, according to a new study.

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6 June 2016

Looking at Land Use and Informal Settlement in Dar es Salaam

Looking at Land Use and Informal Settlement in Dar es Salaam

A new data set from the Urban Spatial Data Collection of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC) operated by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) depicts urban land use and informal settlements for the years 1982, 1992, 1998 and 2002 in the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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