10 September 2021

#AntarcticLog: Caring for one ocean

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here

The idea of the seven seas is a romantic notion; every ocean on Earth is one ocean. What happens in one part of the ocean system — say the melting of glacial ice into the Southern Ocean — impacts the rest. Likewise, the global warming causing glaciers to melt comes from an excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and that makes the ocean warmer — and more acidic. 

In this week’s post, let’s look back at three comics about coral reefs. Ruth Gates, of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, connected warm seas with troubled corals. 

Dive with me to a coral reef to learn about what coral needs…

…and what it “wants” from humans. 

Finally, share the excitement of Hanna Koch of Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida as she observes the results of a new process to help coral. 

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram