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One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

There is far too little exploration of the wonders of the deep sea, but there is one very high profile expedition going on now and you can watch it live!  Dr. Robert Ballard, the National Geographic Explorer in Residence who discovered the Titanic, and his Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, is currently exploring for the first […]

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One Cool Thing: All Female Sailing Expedition to Study Ocean Plastic

One Cool Thing: All Female Sailing Expedition to Study Ocean Plastic


In October more than 300 women will join a round-the-world sailing expedition to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and conduct scientific research into the escalating crisis. The two-year, 38,000 nautical mile trip being organized by eXXpedition, a non-profit focusing on marine pollution, will travel to the Arctic, the Galapagos Islands, […]

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4 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Puget Sound

4 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Puget Sound

Authorities in King County (Seattle), Washington are investigating why two large sewage treatment plants failed late last week, causing the release of approximately 4 million gallons of untreated sewage into Puget Sound and forcing the closure of the Sound for swimming and fishing at several popular beaches over the weekend. 

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All 21 Beaches in Mississippi Closed Because of Toxic Algae

All 21 Beaches in Mississippi Closed Because of Toxic Algae

Beachgoers in Mississippi over the long Fourth of July weekend were sorely disappointed — all 21 of the state’s beaches were closed due to a toxic algal bloom that has made the water unsafe for swimming.  The “blue-green” bloom, which has been growing and resulted in beach closures there since June, is caused by the […]

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Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

As Weather.com reported, unusually warm temperatures combined with seasonal low tides have literally roasted California mussels in their shells in a mass die-off that could have larger implications on the local marine ecosystem. At the same time, this July 4th weekend a record number of sharks have been spotted off the coast of Cape Cod […]

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Taylor Energy Mess In Gulf Getting Cleaned Up — Finally

Taylor Energy Mess In Gulf Getting Cleaned Up — Finally


The largest oil spill in U.S. history, the fifteen-year “leak” from the Taylor Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is finally getting cleaned up, The Washington Post reports. The government hired for $7 million a small marine construction company, run by Tommy Couvillion, a former fishing boat captain who is now an engineer, to contain the spill and recover some of the oil. which has turned out to be much more than Taylor Energy had let on.

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