Scientists identify potential bioindicators for monitoring plastic pollution in North Pacific Ocean

A green sea turtle basking on one of the beaches in Hawaii. These marine species could serve as a potential bioindicator for plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. Credit: J. Lynch/NIST With an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste escaping to our oceans each year, adversely plastic pollution affects the environment, climate, … Read more

Off-axis high-temperature hydrothermal field discovered at the East Pacific Rise

The research team has instrumented nine high temperature vents with temperature loggers manufactured by EP Oceanographic. The loggers collect data every ten minutes, in order to track changes in vent fluid temperature that can be used to infer changes in permeability of the crust beneath the vent. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Deep Submergence … Read more