Tag: Oceans and Seas

Hurricane Forecast: ‘One of the Most Active Seasons on Record’

Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active. “It’s shaping up to be one of the most active seasons on record,” […]

Read More

Taking a Spear Into the Sea, and Washing Anxiety Away

SYDNEY, Australia — Emma Shearman held her speargun and focused on her breathing. In, out, relax, she thought. Deep and steady, as rhythmic as the waves. She plunged into the cold Pacific off Sydney’s rocky coast, holding her breath until she reached a depth of about 30 feet. Quiet and calm, she lifted the gun, […]

Read More

A Rockaway Life

The first morning that I woke up in Rockaway Beach after moving from Brooklyn eight years ago, I walked barefoot with my coffee to the boardwalk just because I could. It was April and my feet were stinging from the cold by the time I got there, but the smell of salt air, the warmth […]

Read More

These Microbes May Have Survived 100 Million Years Beneath the Seafloor

The South Pacific Gyre is an aquatic nowhere. It’s the spot in the sea that’s farther from land than any other, so devoid of nutrients, life and even continental dust that it’s considered “the deadest spot in the ocean,” said Steven D’Hondt, a geomicrobiologist at the University of Rhode Island. Yet some 20,000 feet beneath […]

Read More

What’s in This Deep ‘Blue Hole’ Off Florida? They’re Working On It

Sprinkled across the ocean floor, invisible from the surface, are hundreds — or maybe thousands — of sink holes. These “blue holes,” as scientists call them, do not swallow up everything incapable of fighting their gravitational force, like their black hole cousins. But to those who study them, they are still nearly as intriguing. This […]

Read More

Three Storms Churn Across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Three separate storms — two in the Atlantic Ocean and one in the Pacific — prompted a series of weather warnings and watches on Friday for some islands in the Caribbean and parts of the United States. Tropical Storm Gonzalo continued moving toward the Windward Islands in the Caribbean on Friday afternoon, the National Hurricane […]

Read More

As if Yemen Needed More Woes, a Decrepit Oil Tanker Threatens Disaster

Think of Yemen, and war, starvation, disease and poverty come to mind. Now add another attribute: a rusting, neglected 1,188-foot tanker moored off the country’s western coast, laden with roughly 48 million gallons of oil, at risk of sinking or even exploding at any time. The United Nations and a variety of environmental experts have […]

Read More