OCEANOGRAPHY

Oceanography is the study of the oceans as ecological systems. In this section, learn about topics like currents, deep-sea research or how rogue waves work.
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How Wave Energy Works

Rough times call for creative measures. The world is filled with oceans, and oceans are filled with wave energy that could potentially be transformed into power. Is wave energy a viable fossil fuel alternative?

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  • How Rogue Waves Work

    How Rogue Waves Work

    Also known as "freak waves," these colossal walls of water have been alleged to be in the range of 100 feet or more. Learn what separates rogue waves from other large waves, what causes them and find out about some of the better-known rogue wave incidents. See more »

  • How Volcano Vent Tubeworms Work

    How Volcano Vent Tubeworms Work

    Tubeworms aren't antisocial; they just prefer an environment that's a little different from the rest of us — one that happens to be as hot as an oven and riddled with bacteria. See more »

  • How Wave Energy Works

    How Wave Energy Works

    Rough times call for creative measures. The world is filled with oceans, and oceans are filled with wave energy that could potentially be transformed into power. Is wave energy a viable fossil fuel alternative? See more »

  • Should we be worried about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Should we be worried about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?

    The dead zone, caused by massive amounts of algae growth, is a vast area off the Gulf of Mexico that is deadly to marine life. How is human activity making the dead zone worse? See more »

  • The Ultimate Great Pacific Garbage Patch Quiz

    The Ultimate Great Pacific Garbage Patch Quiz

    Did you know the world's biggest landfill isn't actually on land? It's in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. How did it get there, and what's in this landfill? See more »

  • The Ultimate Pacific Ocean Quiz

    The Ultimate Pacific Ocean Quiz

    Everybody agrees the Pacific is the big daddy of Earth's oceanic family, but how well do you know this enigmatic ocean? Test your sea legs by taking this quiz. See more »

  • What are tide tables?

    What are tide tables?

    Whether you sail, surf, fish or collect shells, having one of these could help you out before you hit the water. See more »

  • What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water?

    What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water?

    Seventy percent of the Earth's fresh water is in polar ice caps, the those caps calve icebergs all the time. So why can't we use those icebergs to provide fresh water that so many countries are in desperate need of? See more »

  • What is the "milky sea" phenomenon?

    What is the "milky sea" phenomenon?

    For hundreds of years, sailors have recounted coming upon miles and miles of pale, milky, glowing waters, sometimes stretching as far as the eye can see. So what causes this milky sea phenomenon? See more »

  • What is the Baltic Sea anomaly?

    What is the Baltic Sea anomaly?

    There's no denying it: "Anomaly" is a great word, full of danger and mystery. So when an underwater object is declared a bona fide anomaly, it's no surprise our ears perk up a bit. But is the Baltic Sea anomaly worth the hype or just a big old dud? See more »

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