In the Florida Keys, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Maui, coral reef degradation has caused sea floor depths to increase as sand and other sea floor materials have eroded over the past few decades, the USGS study found. In the waters around Maui, the sea floor losses amounted to 81 million cubic meters of sand, rock and other material – about what it would take to fill up the Empire State Building 81 times, the researchers calculated.
If you thought the worst extinction event on Earth was the one that killed the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago, think again. A far worse event, the Permo-Triassic Boundary mass extinction event, happened some 252 million years ago, which over the course of about 60,000 years is thought to have wiped out more than two-thirds of land species and more than 90% of marine species on the planet.
Sep 2, 2013 Insight: ocean acidification will destroy reef-friendly waters Researchers at the Carnegie Institution in the US have examined the implications of ocean acidification for the sustainability of coral reefs as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere… Read More ›
Editor’s Note: The following is a part of Dr. Dave Randle’s editorial on Huffington Post yesterday, June 7, 2013 on how “Together we have the power to protect the oceans.” Highlighted sections by Neptune 911. According to leading scientists, the… Read More ›