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A recent paper in the Journal of Physical Oceanography details the specific challenges posed by the many millions of tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every years. The findings indicate that solving the problem may have complicating factors beyond just raw scale (4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of dumped in 2015 alone). Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

Video: New Princeton University research proves that ocean currents can move particles like phytoplankton and plastic debris all the way across the world in significantly less time than previously thought. Find out how in this video and on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 25-Apr-2016
Nature Microbiology
Algae disrupt coral reefs' recycling
A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University and published today in the journal Nature Microbiology explores how a process known as 'microbialization' destroys links in coral reefs' delicate food chain.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Michael Price
San Diego State University

Public Release: 25-Apr-2016
Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was the major driver behind the global climatic shifts that occurred between 53 and 34 million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton.
National Environment Research Council

Contact: Glenn Harris
University of Southampton

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
Live-bearing anemone undergoes major shifts in nutrition as young develop
The offspring of a brooding sea anemone transition from using egg yolks to prenatal, then post-natal, parental feeding during their development, according to a study published April 22, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Contact: Beth Jones

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Scientists discover new reef system at mouth of Amazon River
A new reef system has been found at the mouth of the Amazon River, the largest river by discharge of water in the world. As large rivers empty into the world's oceans in areas known as plumes, they typically create gaps in the reef distribution along the tropical shelves--something that makes finding a reef in the Amazon plume an unexpected discovery.
National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ, FAPESP, Brasoil, MCTI, Brazilian Navy

Contact: Stephanie Schupska
University of Georgia

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Amos threatening American Samoa
As the seven islands of American Samoa were bracing for Tropical Cyclone Amos, NASA's Aqua satellite saw the storm affecting the Southwestern Pacific Islands of Wallis and Futuna. Warnings were already in effect for American Samoa on April 22 as the storm continued moving east toward the islands.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Fantala slowing
On April 21, Fantala's maximum sustained wind speeds started to decrease since making a 'U-turn' and moving southeastward to a position northeast of Madagascar and the storm maintained strength on April 22. NASA's RapidScat instrument measured winds around the system while NASA-JAXA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite analyzed rainfall rates with the hurricane.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
Interface Focus
Researcher studies how animals puncture things
If shooting arrows from a crossbow into cubes of ballistics gelatin doesn't sound like biological science to you, you've got a lot to learn from University of Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson, who did just that to answer a fundamental question about how animals use their fangs, claws and tentacles to puncture other animals.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Yates
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 22-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Corals most important for building reefs are now in sharp decline
Staghorns, the very corals responsible for establishing today's reefs, are now some of the most threatened coral species due to climate change and other man-made stressors.

Contact: Melissa Lyne
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 21-Apr-2016
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Plastic below the ocean surface
Current measurement methods skim the surface of the ocean while computer modeling shows ocean turbulence may force plastics far below the surface despite their buoyancy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Andrea Boyle Tippett
University of Delaware

Public Release: 21-Apr-2016
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Water color and phytoplankton growth in the Gulf of Maine are changing
Researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the US Geological Survey found that the amount of dissolved organic carbon from rivers emptying into the Gulf of Maine has increased over the last 80 years, a trend they predict will continue through 2100 if annual precipitation continues to increase. Runoff is changing the color of the seawater, reducing the light available to phytoplankton for photosynthesis, causing a decline in overall productivity.
US Geological Survey

Contact: Darlene Trew Crist
207-315-2567 x103
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

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