At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal, we focus on everything ocean: unusual and everyday organisms, ocean-inspired art, researchers devoting their lives to exploring the still mostly mysterious ocean. The Ocean Portal Blog is where we invite guest bloggers to share their research or opinions about on-going ocean issues.
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[php]Sea ice is typically viewed as the domain of physical and natural scientists, the oceanographers, marine biologists, climate modelers, and navigators of the world. It is easy to forget another perspective—that of cultural anthropologists like myself. I have often written about how dramatic changes in the polar climate have impacted people’s cultures during centuries past, and now I am watching these changes with my own eyes. In the areas where polar people regularly venture out […]
[php]Often it's the tiniest organisms that do the most harm. One example is microscopic algae, which can grow rapidly to form harmful algal blooms. Such blooms (some are called "red tides") create unhealthy water conditions or produce toxins that kill other organisms in the water. In 2013, hundreds of Florida manatees died from eating toxic red algae, which also killed off their usual...
[php]Over the past several decades, Florida’s coastal wetlands have been changing. Along the eastern shore, researchers have seen small mangrove trees appearing in areas further north than they usually occur, in places that historically have been salt marsh. So why are these mangrove trees popping up in unexpected places? In order to figure out why this is happening, we first have to figure out exactly where it is happening. This is easier said than done. Florida has hundreds of […]
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