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The drowned apostles

The Twelve Apostles, a series of great limestone stacks along the coast of Victoria, have long been a cornerstone of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Last month, five new columns were discovered six kilometres offshore, lying 50 metres underwater
An historic phenomenon explaining why fertile coral reefs form as oases in the oceans has finally been proved correct
An innovative project claims to be able to solve the world’s data centre energy problems – by submerging them beneath the waves
The expanding effect of warmer temperatures on sea water has been greatly underestimated say German scientists
Solving the paradox of Arctic darkness, a new study finds that zooplankton migration is being guided by the light of the moon

White out

Since 2014, a global bleaching event has threatened corals. This season’s El Niño could make it worse

Drones for the deep

A start-up is developing ‘EVE’, a sea drone to map and explore the oceans
Omura’s whales are one of the least known and most elusive species of whale. A team of biologists have made the first ever field observations of a population just off the coast of Madagascar

Water report

Humanity’s impact on the health of the planet’s oceans has been laid bare in a new report by the WWF

Sound argument

Designating quiet marine areas could help protect sea ecosystems and broaden our understanding of them, research says

Whale watching

An aerial drone fitted with analytical equipment is helping marine scientists assess the health of endangered whale species

High seas and high storms

The east coast of the United States could face increased coastal flooding from the combined effect of sea-level rise and an increased intensity of storms

Lost coast

The North Slopes of Alaska, the United States’ most northernmost coastline, is eroding at some of the fastest rates in the country

Rolling in the Deep

A newly discovered reef in southern Australia, said to rival the Great Barrier Reef, has been located after a robotic vehicle captured footage at previously unexplored depths
The land is sinking around the Chesapeake Bay, worsening the effects of rising sea levels. Geographical investigates why this is happening and why it concerns the US capital
Plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean can produce ‘cloud-brightening’ gases. Geographical takes a closer look at what this means to our atmosphere
A sheltered archipelago in the western Pacific offers a glimpse at the future of a more acidic ocean. Corals are thriving, though are more vulnerable to being worn away

Cleaning up Korea

Large-scale oil spills once dominated shipping incidents, but following a five-year low in tanker accidents, most of today’s spills are small-scale releases coming from non-tankers

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