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  • Thu, 31 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000: Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning, Key for Regulating Climate - WHOI News Releases

    The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC)—a deep-ocean process that plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate—is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe, finds a new international study published Feb. 1 in Science.

  • Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000: For Zombie Microbes, Deep-Sea Buffet is Just Out of Reach - WHOI News Releases

    Far below the ocean floor, sediments are teeming with bizarre zombie-like microbes. Although they’re technically alive, they grow in slow motion, and can take decades for a single cell to divide—something their cousins at the surface do in a matter of minutes. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is beginning to pick apart how they survive by examining their source of “food”—nearby molecules of organic carbon. The study helps further our understanding of the limitations of life on Earth and could help inform how life might exist on other planets.

  • Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000: Emperor Penguins' First Journey to Sea - WHOI News Releases
    New research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues reveals the previously unknown behaviors of juvenile Emperor penguins in their critical early months when they leave their birth colony and first learn how to swim, dive, and find food.
  • Fri, 04 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000: The long memory of the Pacific Ocean - WHOI News Releases

    The ocean has a long memory. When the water in today’s deep Pacific Ocean last saw sunlight, Charlemagne was the Holy Roman Emperor, the Song Dynasty ruled China and Oxford University had just held its very first class. During that time, between the 9th and 12th centuries, the earth’s climate was generally warmer before the cold of the Little Ice Age settled in around the 16th century. Now ocean surface temperatures are back on the rise but the question is, do the deepest parts of the ocean know that?

  • Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000: Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others? - WHOI News Releases

    Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some U.S. East Coast regions compared to others. A new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals why.