Dead zones: Welcome to the front line

Ocean dead zones are defined by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as “areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies” (learn more here). This is because there are too many nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, in the water. These nutrients cause the eutrophication (excessive richness of nutrients) … More Dead zones: Welcome to the front line

Ocean Acidification- More than just a sour taste (pt.1)

Ocean acidification is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem- the current rate of acidification is 0.1pH per century. This affects many aspects of Earth’s natural systems- marine ecosystems, global climate cycles, and even the geology and geography of the Earth.   While a serious problem, the mechanism behind it is relatively straightforward: Ocean acidification is a … More Ocean Acidification- More than just a sour taste (pt.1)