TAG: Oceans

Sculpture And Movement At Sea

Sculpture And Movement At Sea

Art centered around the world’s oceans can make a strong statement. Zhan Wang is an internationally known artist who has been creating for several decades. One of his more famous works titled the Floating Mountain of Immortals is created from steel formed over natural rock, which is later extracted. The exhibit has shown worldwide, including a stay off the Belgian coast in the North Sea. From far away the formed together objects look like a shiny island. A closer look reveals it is actually a manmade rock that houses many everyday items, fused together for display. The steel island incorporates forms like mythological… read more

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Project Vortex is a unique resource offering a cooperative network of global artists, architects and creative types that use plastics as a medium for their work. Utilizing ocean plastic offers a way to reduce the amount of pollution in the gyres, where an incredible amount of it circles around the world’s waterways. They provide a list of collaborating artists, display gallery pieces and sponsor exhibits made mostly from plastic ocean debris. They also offer educational resources, like Project Vortex University, thier online library which provides a connection for individuals who are trying to find a way to work with plastic ocean… read more

Polluting The Seas

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If you have ever walked by a sea harbour, you may have noticed a few organisms attached to a docked large ship by the waterline. These attachments may be telling of a worse situation that lies beneath the water than the naked eye can sea. These attachments consist of micro-organism, plants, algae, molluscs and other marine organisms, and such attachment is known as biofouling. Biofouling is not a new phenomenon, it can occur on all marine vessels if appropriate anti- fouling measures are not taken. Environmental scientists have long stated that biofouling provides transportation of non-indigenous species of aquatic plant… read more

Who Should Take Credit For Looking After Our Ocean?

Ocean Conservation

Every now and then, Blacklemag likes to highlight the endeavors of specific organizations we feel are doing a great job of working to save the environment. Today, we’d like to take a look at the work Ocean Conservancy is doing to promote awareness and protect the oceans. The Ocean Conservancy group “educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.” They have several lists of facts on their website showcasing the importance of our oceans to the overall health of the planet. The organization was founded in 1972, since then, they’ve contributed to the 144, 606, 491 pounds… read more

Oceanic Dead Zones

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Though ocean dead zones often occur naturally, they can also be triggered by human activity. These zones are identified by the reduced levels of oxygen in the water, commonly referred to as hypoxia. There are many factors that combine to create dead zones, but nutrient pollution is the primary cause of those zones created by humans. Excess nutrients that run off land or are piped as wastewater into rivers and coasts can stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The decomposition process consumes oxygen and depletes the supply available to healthy marine life. Fifty… read more

Eco-Conscious Company Ignores Pleas to Stop Shark Killing

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MUJI JAPAN, a company that self-proclaims to follow eco-conscious practices, has ignored the outcries of over 54,000 of their customers and petitioners to stop the careless slaughter of sharks for use in shark fin soup, which is sold in the company’s stores. Every year, some 100 million sharks are intentionally killed by humans. A majority of them are killed for their fins, which are often used to make shark fin soup. Although this had lead to a 90 percent-plus decline in many shark species, it is allowed to continue – because somewhere people fancy the novelty killing rare, unseemly flesh… read more

There’s Power Beneath The Waves

Power Beneath the Waves

Deep ocean currents are powerful and constant movements of ocean water more than 400m below the surface. They occur due to density driven forces acting upon them including gravity. A new type of ocean power generator is being considered that could harvest this steady, reliable energy of the deep ocean currents, and a group of companies is working together to place the first 1 megawatt system on the seafloor. Companies are currently raising funds for the demonstration project, and they are looking into R&D funding from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Energy. The grid connections and system software used… read more

Rising Sea Temperature

Via Brian Burke on Flickr

Global warming caused by human activities that emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide has raised the average global temperature by about 1°F (0.6°C) over the past century. In the oceans, this change has only been about 0.18°F (0.1°C). This warming has occurred from the surface to a depth of about 2,300 feet (700 meters), where most marine life thrives. Coral and other organisms are affected by temperature change. Krill, ate by whales, may be an extremely important link at the base of the food chain. Krill produce in small numbers when the ocean temperatures rise.  The cascading effect can be a problem… read more

Overfishing with FishLove

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An organization in the UK that is attempting to make a bold statement against over fishing has taken to celebrities posing naked with dead fish. If they wanted everyone’s attention I think they received it that’s for sure! Should the point be not to kill fish rather than kill them to pose naked with them? According to FishLove’s website, Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. The people in these photographs want over-fishing to stop. Of course, with over fishing you also have… read more

Uranium Mining Underwater

Uranium Mining Underwater

The ocean has always inspired and supported the human race. We have navigated across them, tapped into their power for energy generation, exploited their creatures for food and minerals for wealth, and we continue to explore their depths for answers to our questions about the planet. Recent experiments have unveiled surprising amounts of uranium hidden beneath the waves. Oceans are estimated to have roughly 5 billion metric tons of uranium, which is a core element for nuclear power generation. The uranium deposits are very diluted and to date there has been no commercially viable method to extract the precious material. Uranium extraction from the ocean… read more