Tag: Basics

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What is an oil seep?

A natural tar seep offshore of Gaviota in Santa Barbara County, California. Credit: Donna Schroeder/U.S. Geological Survey Did you know that naturally occurring oil seeps from the seafloor are the largest source of oil entering the world ocean...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What is coral spawning?

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Corals are a beautiful and important part of our ocean. But they can't move around the ocean floor. So, how, exactly, do they find m...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What are the doldrums?

This NASA satellite image shows the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, known to sailors around the world as the doldrums. Known to sailors around the world as the doldrums, the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, (ITCZ, pronounced and sometimes ref...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What are microplastics?

Microplastics seen during the 2014 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands marine debris removal mission. Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is ocean etiquette?

Remember to keep a safe distance when viewing wildlife in or out of the ocean. Wildlife viewing is a popular recreation activity, but it is important to know how to interact with ocean wildlife so that you can make the right decisions. Irresp...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What color is an iceberg?

An iceberg (and a few penguins) floating off the coast of Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Kathy Reitz. Most people would say that icebergs are white—and most of them are. But did you know that icebergs can also appear in spectacular shades of bl...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is marine biogeography?

Creating a habitat ecosystem map of the seafloor—a key component of marine biogeography—is a tricky process. Learn how it works in this two-minute video. Learn more. By mapping benthic habitats, studying what occurs on the bottom of a body...