Okay, here’s another one of those articles which I am recommending that is over at the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately you will need either a subscription to the Journal online or you can hop on down to your local library and look for the Review Section of the March 11-12 weekend edition page C4.
The article is entitled “Why Is the Ocean Blue? We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball” by Helen Czerski. Another option however would be to check out her book Storm in a Teacup: The physics of everyday life , which came out last year. I just requested it myself.
Shortly after I graduated in from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education back in 1985, I got my first job working at the St. Louis Community College at Meramec as an instructor in their fitness center teaching students how to use their nautilus equipment.
Fast forward to just over thirty years and here I am writing a post about nautilus, not the fitness equipment but, the beautiful chambered cephalopod for whose shape the equipment is designed upon. Who knew?!
Anyway, tonight I came across an article over at the Center for Biological Diversity on a petition they submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking for the nautilus to be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Then being the research librarian that I am today, I searched to find some more articles on this topic and low and behold, I came across the group Save the Nautilus. How cool is that?
This article reminded me of the book The whale : in search of the giants of the sea by Philip Hoare , a book that really started my love of whales. The article is entitled “When Whales Started Living Large: A new study tracks ‘the rise of ocean giants’“by Brian Switek over on the Laelaps blog at Scientific American. I also highly recommend the book.
So last night my daughter said to me that she’s been watching Shark Week over on the Discovery Channel and so in honor of that, I first gave a few bucks to Conservation International and now I’ve decided to post an article on sharks.
The article is entitled “7 Unanswered Questions About Sharks” by By Laura Geggel over at LiveScience. After reading this article, I realized we really don’t know a lot about sharks. Go sharks!
So according to a study over at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rocks that formed at the ocean floor 3.2 billion years ago carry unmistakable evidence of oxygen. This according to the article “Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen” over at Science Daily.
It’s amazing to me how they can use that to deduct that the source of that oxygen is photosynthesis that long ago. Sort of story telling by the rocks,
With one teenager at home and a second one coming soon, who knew that teenager’s could be so amazing (actually I did know but, that would be bragging about my own teenager/kids).
The article over at the Grist talks about a teenager who looking to save the oceans. It’s entitled “Dutch teen’s ocean-cleaning invention to launch next year” by Liz Core.
So what do those two places have in common? Well here’s hoping that they will continue to have more and more. Especially if Caleb McClennen over at Scientific American has any thing to say about it. You can read all about it in the article “Let’s Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean“.