Tag: Ecosystems

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 is marine telemetry?

Telemetry tags help researchers discover where marine animals are, where they go, and what their environments are like. Marine telemetry interprets into data the movements and behavior of animals as they move through oceans, coastal rivers, es...

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 a living shoreline?

Living shorelines use plants or other natural elements to stabilize estuarine coasts, bays, or tributaries.Infographic Text Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique using native vegetation alone or in combination with offshore si...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is an oil spill trajectory?

VIDEO: Predicting where oil may go in the water is no easy task. Here's what you need to know in a minute. Transcript During the threat of an oil spill, responders need to know where that spilled oil will go in order to protect shorelines wi...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is a pocosin?

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina. Pocosins are generally found along the Atlantic coastal plain of the United States, from southern Virginia to northern Florida. These areas typically occur in broad, low-lying shallow bas...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What are barnacles?

Those aren't dragon claws—they're gooseneck barnacles! These filter feeders are found in the rocky tide pools of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Their shells are made up of multiple white plates that help protect them from predators and...

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...