DSN Required Reading

There a couple really cool pieces going around the intertubes recently. Basically, some people out there actually beat us to some stories but did such a great job I’d like to point you their way.

Grrlscientist at the blog Living the Scientific Life has an excellent post about the Oregon dead zone. Once a recurrent event, it looks like its here to stay. Forever! Go there to learn more about this recent paper published in Science that has some evidence to link the dead to global warming. Mark Powell at Blogfish has this story as well. Read the comment thread for a thriving discussion on the link to “global warming”.

It was Darwin Day last Tuesday. Good ole Chuckie D turned 199! He made alot of discoveries in the marine realm as well. Jennifer Jacquet gives us a wonderful low-down on Darwin’s marine accomplishments. Rick MacPherson discusses Darwin’s coral reef theory in more detail, even opining that we at Deep Sea News are living Darwin’s dream! Except that we aren’t the independently wealthy gentlemen naturalists here. Emmett Duffy also pays homage to the “consummate naturalist” as the man who changed the world.

Christina Pikas liked the Real-Time Blogging in the Marine Sciences session!! Bora has a very interesting interview with an interesting librarian.

Speaking of real time blogging in the marine sciences, go immediately without delay to the blog of for the oceanographic research vessel Alguita. If you are a teacher, learn how to get involved with their expedition! Here is a little bit of what they are up to right now.

“On January 2oth, 2008 ORV Alguita set out on a winter expedition through the North Pacific Gyre, sailing from Hilo, HI to Los Angeles, CA to conduct further research on oceanic plastic debris. The crew of 6 will collect samples for lab analysis, as well as for future Algalita Marine Research Foundation education projects.

Analysis from Algalita’s September 2007 expedition shows a five fold increase in plastic quantities in the Gyre since Captain Charles Moore began his research in 1997. This next Algalita Expedition will build upon earlier data, and gather new information to provide a more complete, scientifically accurate picture of the issue’s scope.”

We’ll be following this one closely!