Warmer Oceans

Not by Fire but by Ice


 Updated 14 August 2005      

Warmer oceans may be killing West Coast marine life

 – 13 July 2005 -
Scientists suspect that rising ocean temperatures and 
dwindling plankton populations are behind a growing number of seabird 
deaths, fewer salmon and other anomalies along the West Coast.

With coastal ocean temperatures 2 to 5 degrees above normal, scientists 
have reported a record number of dead seabirds – 5 to10 times higher 
than normal - from central California to British Columbia .

"If this continues, said Bill Peterson, an oceanographer with NOAA in
Newport, OR,
we will have a food chain that is basically impoverished 
from the very lowest levels."

"Something big is going on out there," said Julia Parrish, an associate 
professor in the School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences at the University
of Washington. "I'm left with no obvious smoking gun."

No smoking gun? How about those 4,300 underwater earthquakes 
this spring off the Washington/Oregon coast? Could they have been 
an indicator of increased underwater volcanism?

See more of this article at It's not global warming, it's ocean warming




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