Grades 9-12

Article: Carbon Sinks and Carbon Bombs

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Article: Carbon Sinks and Carbon Bombs

Scott Goetz has studied the boreal forest of Alaska for more than two decades, but year by year, the landscape is becoming less familiar to him. See how climate change is affecting the forest — and how the forest, in turn, may be influencing climate.

Article: Understanding a Marine Wilderness (in Parts)

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Article: Understanding a Marine Wilderness (in Parts)

Just like we have official wilderness areas on land, some people think we need them in the marine realm. Consider the need for vast stretches of coral reefs, underwater lawns of seagrass, and miles of open ocean.

Article: Marine Reserves—Living Local

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Article: Marine Reserves—Living Local

Fishing supports residents all over the 700 Bahamian islands, but even more so in the less-accessible “Out Islands” like the Exumas. What does it mean for locals when their home becomes a "no-take" marine protected area? Find out.

Article: Marine Species on the Line

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Article: Marine Species on the Line

The bulk of fishing income in The Bahamas is brought in by three species: the Nassau grouper, the queen conch, and the Caribbean spiny lobster. Find out how these overfished species are maintaining a foothold in The Bahamas.

Essay: Chasing Invaders on a Water Planet

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Essay: Chasing Invaders on a Water Planet

Water bodies on our planet form a network, which aquatic species migrate over evolutionary time as needed or by accident. Find out how Homo sapiens have dramatically changed and accelerated this process.

From Goo to Zoo

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From Goo to Zoo

Meet a deep-sea ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who has pioneered the use of submersible robots to study jellyfish and other gelatinous invertebrates in their native deep-sea environment.

A Simple Plan for Supremacy

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A Simple Plan for Supremacy

Only in recent years have marine biologists come to grasp the astonishing abundance of gelatinous animals in the world's waters. Discover how that knowledge is helping them better understand how ocean food webs work.

How the Jelly Got Its Glow

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How the Jelly Got Its Glow

To truly understand the deep sea, scientists need to turn off the lights on their submersible vehicles. Then they can see the ghostly blue flickers of bioluminescence produced by virtually every organism of the deep.

Welcome to the Subfamily

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Welcome to the Subfamily

Meet "Big Red," a new species of jellyfish that is bulbous, dusky red, and huge, nearly one meter (about three feet) in diameter, with several fleshy arms instead of tentacles, like a balloon with greedy fingers.

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Observing Jellies

Long ago, people studied jellies by peering over the side of a boat and drawing the creatures as they bobbed nearby. See how much has changed since the 1800s.

Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Now

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Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Now

The ring-tailed lemurs that romp around the research camp at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in southwest Madagascar spend plenty of time behaving badly. The same isn't true for their counterparts in the wild.

Essay: Will Dark Energy Please Come to Light?

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Essay: Will Dark Energy Please Come to Light?

Two teams working independently in 1998 came to the same conclusion: An invisible force, one that seems to act opposite gravity, is separating the matter in space at an increasing pace. Find out more about their “jaw-dropping” discovery.

Essay: Waiting for Gravity at LIGO

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Essay: Waiting for Gravity at LIGO

If LIGO regularly registers gravitational waves, it will more than vindicate Einstein. The observatory may help answer pressing questions about the cosmos’s biggest mysteries, among them black holes, dark matter, and the Big Bang.

Essay: A Rogue's Gallery of Gravity-Makers

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Essay: A Rogue's Gallery of Gravity-Makers

Anything with an accelerating mass has a gravitational effect — an atomic bomb, a spinning aircraft carrier, even you. Learn more about these ripples in space and how LIGO is designed to capture the biggest gravitational waves.

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