Tag: Ocean Science

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a waterspout?

According to NOAA's National Weather Service, the best way to avoid a waterspout is to move at a 90-degree angle to its apparent movement. Never move closer to investigate a waterspout. Some can be just as dangerous as tornadoes. Waterspouts f...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a seamount?

A map of a seamount in the Arctic Ocean created by NOAA's Office of Coast Survey by gathering data with a multibeam echo sounder. Seamounts - undersea mountains formed by volcanic activity - were once thought to be little more than hazards to...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

How does oil impact marine life?

Following an oil spill, there are specialists and veterinarians to deal with oiled wildlife. These experts are trained on how to clean oil from animals, rehabilitate them, and return them to the environment. Oil destroys the insulating ability...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is bathymetry?

Bathymetry map of East Flower Garden Bank. The term "bathymetry" originally referred to the ocean's depth relative to sea level, although it has come to mean “submarine topography,” or the depths and shapes of underwater terrain. In the same w...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is bioluminescence?

Bioluminescent creatures are found throughout marine habitats, from the ocean surface to the deep seafloor. The light emitted by a bioluminescent organism is produced by energy released from chemical reactions occurring inside (or ejected by)...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

How is ocean observing data used?

Coastal communities use ocean observing data to prepare for floods and other natural disasters. NOAA orchestrates the collection of ocean data through a federal, regional, and private-sector partnership called the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observi...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

Where is all of the Earth's water?

Of the world's total water supply of about 332 million cubic miles of water, about 97 percent is found in the ocean. The ocean holds about 97 percent of the Earth's water; the remaining three percent is distributed in many different places, in...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is geodesy?

Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth: its geometric shape, its orientation in space, and its gravity field— as well as the changes of these properties with time. By using GPS,...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a dead zone?

Hypoxic zones are areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies, and as a result are sometimes called "dead zones." One of the largest dead zones forms in the Gulf of Mexico every spring. Each spring as...