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Mountain Erosion May Add Carbon Dioxide to Atmosphere

Scientists have long known that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere—as erosion exposes new rock, it also starts a chemical reaction between minerals on hill slopes and CO2 in the air, “weathering” the rock and using CO2 to produce carbonate minerals like calcite.

Atlantic Ocean Circulation at Weakest Point in 1,600 years

New research led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) provides evidence that a key cog in the global ocean circulation system hasn’t been running at peak strength since the mid-1800s and is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years. If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the African Sahel, and cause more rapid increase in sea level on the U.S. East Coast.

WHOI Among First Funding Recipients of The Audacious Project

What if we explored the ocean’s vast twilight zone, teeming with undiscovered life?  Today, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was awarded $35 million—the largest philanthropic gift in the Institution’s history—to do just that. The award comes from The Audacious Project, a bold new philanthropic collaboration housed at TED to fund critical ideas that have potential to create massive, global change.

School Vacation Week Activities in Woods Hole

Stop by to learn about science and engineering at WHOI through videos and interactive exhibits. Drop by for special school vacation activities.

Penguins Go Through the Flow

Colonies of breeding king penguins behave much like particles in liquids do, according to new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues. This "liquid " organization and structure enables breeding colonies to protect themselves against predators while also keeping members together.

The Banana Slug String Band [with Podcast]

Click play button to listen to the title track now:

The Banana Slug String Band logoThe renowned children’s music group, The Banana Slug String Band, has released a new album, Only One Ocean! This disc of 14 songs is entirely focused on the content found in Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K–12.

The CD is produced with financial contributions from ten Centers in the National COSEE Network, the National Marine Educators Association, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with the NOAA Office of Exploration & Research, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Banana Slug String Band: Only One OceanThe CD features several well-known guest artists, including:

  • BeauSoleil
  • Victor Wooten
  • George Winston
  • and many, many more

Banana Slug albums have won 16 state and national awards for excellence. Thousands of Banana Slug CDs are sold each year through eight distributors such as Amazon.com, Acorn Naturalists and Kaplan Early Learning, and as downloads through iTunes and other MP3 sites.

In addition, the band plays over 20 major concerts and dozens of smaller shows each year. Only One Ocean will bring the importance of the ocean to a large audience of parents and children not previously reached by the Ocean Literacy Campaign.

Listen to the title track above celebrating this new children’s music CD! You may sample other songs on The Banana Slug String Band's web site.

Read an article about the CD from the Howtosmile.org Blog. 

Check out the latest podcast on the Banana Slug String Band! The Slugs talked with Ari Daniel Shapiro about their latest CD, Only One Ocean, which recently won a Parents Choice Award. Listen to their Ocean Gazing podcast, part of an audio series initiative of COSEE NOW.