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Ben Sanderfoot underwater January 2012

Ben Sanderfoot (UW-Oshkosh Geology major) diving in the Florida Keys and trying to avoid the jellyfish above his head, Alligator Reef, January 2012.

More information on Fritz Haber.

This video shows a summary of NASA satellite systems that monitor ocean circulation, productivity and climate.

This is an amazing near real-time global wind map created by Cameron Beccario. You can zoom in and rotate the virtual Earth. Check it out!


This model by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg gives a nice high-resolution view of the U.S. This near real-time map for the U.S. was the original (Cameron Beccario based his global model (above).

Here is the link to the Okeanos Explorer with live video feeds during the mission to the Gulf of Mexico.

El Niño conditions are developing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Check out the large earthquake off the coast of Chile. What is the origin of the earthquake?

The first live translation of dolphin whistle could lead to interspecies communication in the future.

Here is a great NOAA site with example photos and videos of underwater volcanism and hydrothermal vents.

There has been concern for the last 20 years that some species of sharks might become endangered, a recent story points out that as many as 25% shark and related groups (rays and skates) could be in danger of going extinct.

Seasonal carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached 400 ppm in May 2013. This represents a high point for the year
(just before the northern hemisphere "breathes" in carbon dioxide. The annual average is due to hit 400 ppm in 2014.

Watch this great video from PBS-NOVA on satellite data on how the oceans and the Earth works.

Here is a great story on bacteria and the ocean crust.

2012 was the warmest year on record for the continental U.S. (second warmest for Wisconsin, and number 9 for the world). This video shows the change in temperatures over the last 120 years.

Rising carbon dioxide levels are slowly lowering the ocean's pH, this may result in severe stress on some corals.

Mining of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor is set to start this year near Australia.

Here is information about James Cameron's dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench -- he made it to the bottom and back March 25, 2012. Here is a video from National Geographic that shows how the submersible is constructed (the video is preceded by an annoying commercial -- sorry).

How do we know humans are affecting global climate?

Here is a good summary of what we knew about climate change over the last 100 years:


Here is a set of resources for reviewing math, English, and other topics.

Here is a link to more information on the recent earthquake in Japan, the tsunami, the possibility of earthquakes in Wisconsin, and other geology in the news.

Here is a great series of photos that shows overlays of before and after views of the coastal regions struck by the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Check out this great radio show on the origin of life and possible life on other planets from NPR.

A recent report documents that about 75% of coral reefs are threatened. Check out this summary by Science Now.