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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150652/evidence-for-frozen-melts-in-the-mid-lithosphere-detected-from-active-source-seismic-data
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Akane Ohira, Shuichi Kodaira, Yasuyuki Nakamura, Gou Fujie, Ryuta Arai, Seiichi Miura
The interactions of the lithospheric plates that form the Earth's outer shell provide much of the evidentiary basis for modern plate tectonic theory. Seismic discontinuities in the lithosphere arising from mantle convection and plate motion provide constraints on the physical and chemical properties of the mantle that contribute to the processes of formation and evolution of tectonic plates. Seismological studies during the past two decades have detected seismic discontinuities within the oceanic lithosphere in addition to that at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB)...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150500/dynamics-of-heterotrophic-bacterial-assemblages-within-synechococcus-cultures
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Qiang Zheng, Yu Wang, Rui Xie, Andrew S Lang, Yanting Liu, Jiayao Lu, Xiaodong Zhang, Jun Sun, Curtis A Suttle, Nianzhi Jiao
Interactions between photoautotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms are central to the marine microbial ecosystem. Lab cultures of one of the dominant marine photoautotrophs, Synechococcus, have historically been difficult to render axenic, presumably because these bacteria depend upon other organisms to grow in these conditions. These tight associations between Synechococcus and heterotrophic bacteria represent a good, relevant system to study interspecies interactions. Ten individual Synechococcus strains, isolated from eutrophic and oligotrophic waters, were chosen for investigation...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149758/oligotrophy-as-a-major-driver-of-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-medium-to-high-trophic-level-consumers-a-marine-ecosystem-comparative-study
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Tiphaine Chouvelon, Pierre Cresson, Marc Bouchoucha, Christophe Brach-Papa, Paco Bustamante, Sylvette Crochet, Françoise Marco-Miralles, Bastien Thomas, Joël Knoery
Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant of environmental concern. Numerous factors influencing its bioaccumulation in marine organisms have already been described at both individual and species levels (e.g., size or age, habitat, trophic level). However, few studies have compared the trophic characteristics of ecosystems to explain underlying mechanisms of differences in Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification among food webs and systems. The present study aimed at investigating the potential primary role of the trophic status of systems on Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification in temperate marine food webs, as shown by their medium-to high-trophic level consumers...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146984/ocean-forecasting-of-mesoscale-features-can-deteriorate-by-increasing-model-resolution-towards-the-submesoscale
#4
Paul A Sandery, Pavel Sakov
Submesoscale dynamics are ubiquitous in the ocean and important in the variability of physical, biological and chemical processes. Submesoscale resolving ocean models have been shown to improve representation of observed variability. We show through data assimilation experiments that a higher-resolution submesoscale permitting system does not match the skill of a lower resolution eddy resolving system in forecasting the mesoscale circulation. Predictability of the submesoscale is inherently lower and there is an inverse cascade in the kinetic energy spectrum that lowers the predictability of the mesoscale...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146199/noise-can-affect-acoustic-communication-and-subsequent-spawning-success-in-fish
#5
Karen de Jong, M Clara P Amorim, Paulo J Fonseca, Clive J Fox, Katja U Heubel
There are substantial concerns that increasing levels of anthropogenic noise in the oceans may impact aquatic animals. Noise can affect animals physically, physiologically and behaviourally, but one of the most obvious effects is interference with acoustic communication. Acoustic communication often plays a crucial role in reproductive interactions and over 800 species of fish have been found to communicate acoustically. There is very little data on whether noise affects reproduction in aquatic animals, and none in relation to acoustic communication...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146123/planetary-health-protecting-human-health-on-a-rapidly-changing-planet
#6
Samuel S Myers
The impact of human activities on our planet's natural systems has been intensifying rapidly in the past several decades, leading to disruption and transformation of most natural systems. These disruptions in the atmosphere, oceans, and across the terrestrial land surface are not only driving species to extinction, they pose serious threats to human health and wellbeing. Characterising and addressing these threats requires a paradigm shift. In a lecture delivered to the Academy of Medical Sciences on Nov 13, 2017, I describe the scale of human impacts on natural systems and the extensive associated health effects across nearly every dimension of human health...
November 10, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145446/large-scale-climatic-effects-on-traditional-hawaiian-fishpond-aquaculture
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Daniel McCoy, Margaret A McManus, Keliʻiahonui Kotubetey, Angela Hiʻilei Kawelo, Charles Young, Brandon D'Andrea, Kathleen C Ruttenberg, Rosanna ʻAnolani Alegado
Aquaculture accounts for almost one-half of global fish consumption. Understanding the regional impact of climate fluctuations on aquaculture production thus is critical for the sustainability of this crucial food resource. The objective of this work was to understand the role of climate fluctuations and climate change in subtropical coastal estuarine environments within the context of aquaculture practices in He'eia Fishpond, O'ahu Island, Hawai'i. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first study of climate effects on traditional aquaculture systems in the Hawaiian Islands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145143/biodegradation-of-polystyrene-wastes-in-yellow-mealworms-larvae-of-tenebrio-molitor-linnaeus-factors-affecting-biodegradation-rates-and-the-ability-of-polystyrene-fed-larvae-to-complete-their-life-cycle
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Shan-Shan Yang, Anja Malawi Brandon, James Christopher Andrew Flanagan, Jun Yang, Daliang Ning, Shen-Yang Cai, Han-Qing Fan, Zhi-Yue Wang, Jie Ren, Eric Benbow, Nan-Qi Ren, Robert M Waymouth, Jizhong Zhou, Craig S Criddle, Wei-Min Wu
Commercial production of polystyrene (PS) -a persistent plastic that is not biodegradable at appreciable rates in most environments-has led to its accumulation as a major contaminant of land, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Recently, however, an environment was identified in which PS is susceptible to rapid biodegradation: the larval gut of Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus (yellow mealworms). In this study, we evaluate PS degradation capabilities of a previously untested strain of T. molitor and assess its survival and PS biodegradation rates for a range of conditions (two simulated food wastes, three temperatures, seven PS waste types)...
October 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145101/the-distribution-and-trends-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-mercury-in-marine-mammals-from-canada-s-eastern-arctic
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REVIEW
Tanya M Brown, Robie W Macdonald, Derek C G Muir, Robert J Letcher
Arctic contaminant research in the marine environment has focused on organohalogen compounds and mercury mainly because they are bioaccumulative, persistent and toxic. This review summarizes and discusses the patterns and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic relative to the rest of the Canadian Arctic. The review provides explanations for these trends and looks at the implications of climate-related changes on contaminants in these marine mammals in a region that has been reviewed little...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145085/analysis-of-microplastics-in-water-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy-release-of-plastic-particles-from-different-packaging-into-mineral-water
#10
Darena Schymanski, Christophe Goldbeck, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Peter Fürst
Microplastics are anthropogenic contaminants which have been found in oceans, lakes and rivers. Investigations focusing on drinking water are rare and studies have mainly been using micro-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (μ-FT-IR). A major limitation of this technique is its inability to detect particles smaller than 20 μm. However, micro-Raman spectroscopy is capable of detecting even smaller particle sizes. Therefore, we show that this technique, which was used in this study, is particularly useful in detecting microplastics in drinking water where particle sizes are in the low micrometer range...
November 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145058/occurrence-distribution-and-ecological-risks-of-phthalate-esters-in-the-seawater-and-sediment-of-changjiang-river-estuary-and-its-adjacent-area
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Ze-Ming Zhang, Hong-Hai Zhang, Jing Zhang, Qian-Wen Wang, Gui-Peng Yang
A total of 133 seawater samples and 17 sediment samples were collected from 81 sampling sites in the Changjiang River Estuary and its adjacent area and were analyzed for 16 phthalate esters (PAEs). The Σ16 PAE concentrations in the seawater and sediment samples ranged from 180.3ng·L(-1) to 3421ng·L(-1) and from 0.48μg·g(-1) to 29.94μg·g(-1)dry weight (dw), respectively, with mean values of 943.6ng·L(-1) and 12.88μg·g(-1). The distribution of ∑16PAE concentrations in the water column showed that PAE concentrations in the bottom samples were higher than those in the surface samples (except the transect C located inside the Changjiang River Estuary), with the maxima appearing in the bottom layer at the offshore stations...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145014/ecotracer-analyzing-concentration-of-contaminants-and-radioisotopes-in-an-aquatic-spatial-dynamic-food-web-model
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William J Walters, Villy Christensen
Ecotracer is a tool in the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) software package used to simulate and analyze the transport of contaminants such as methylmercury or radiocesium through aquatic food webs. Ecotracer solves the contaminant dynamic equations simultaneously with the biomass dynamic equations in Ecosim/Ecospace. In this paper, we give a detailed description of the Ecotracer module and analyze the performance on two problems of differing complexity. Ecotracer was modified from previous versions to more accurately model contaminant excretion, and new numerical integration algorithms were implemented to increase accuracy and robustness...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144458/biogeochemistry-ocean-hotspots-of-nitrogen-loss
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Katja Fennel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144451/tidal-tomography-constrains-earth-s-deep-mantle-buoyancy
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Harriet C P Lau, Jerry X Mitrovica, James L Davis, Jeroen Tromp, Hsin-Ying Yang, David Al-Attar
Earth's body tide-also known as the solid Earth tide, the displacement of the solid Earth's surface caused by gravitational forces from the Moon and the Sun-is sensitive to the density of the two Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs) beneath Africa and the Pacific. These massive regions extend approximately 1,000 kilometres upward from the base of the mantle and their buoyancy remains actively debated within the geophysical community. Here we use tidal tomography to constrain Earth's deep-mantle buoyancy derived from Global Positioning System (GPS)-based measurements of semi-diurnal body tide deformation...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142283/a-mobile-device-based-imaging-spectrometer-for-environmental-monitoring-by-attaching-a-lightweight-small-module-to-a-commercial-digital-camera
#15
Fuhong Cai, Wen Lu, Wuxiong Shi, Sailing He
Spatially-explicit data are essential for remote sensing of ecological phenomena. Lately, recent innovations in mobile device platforms have led to an upsurge in on-site rapid detection. For instance, CMOS chips in smart phones and digital cameras serve as excellent sensors for scientific research. In this paper, a mobile device-based imaging spectrometer module (weighing about 99 g) is developed and equipped on a Single Lens Reflex camera. Utilizing this lightweight module, as well as commonly used photographic equipment, we demonstrate its utility through a series of on-site multispectral imaging, including ocean (or lake) water-color sensing and plant reflectance measurement...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142241/diverse-marinimicrobia-bacteria-may-mediate-coupled-biogeochemical-cycles-along-eco-thermodynamic-gradients
#16
Alyse K Hawley, Masaru K Nobu, Jody J Wright, W Evan Durno, Connor Morgan-Lang, Brent Sage, Patrick Schwientek, Brandon K Swan, Christian Rinke, Monica Torres-Beltrán, Keith Mewis, Wen-Tso Liu, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Tanja Woyke, Steven J Hallam
Microbial communities drive biogeochemical cycles through networks of metabolite exchange that are structured along energetic gradients. As energy yields become limiting, these networks favor co-metabolic interactions to maximize energy disequilibria. Here we apply single-cell genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics to study bacterial populations of the abundant "microbial dark matter" phylum Marinimicrobia along defined energy gradients. We show that evolutionary diversification of major Marinimicrobia clades appears to be closely related to energy yields, with increased co-metabolic interactions in more deeply branching clades...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141158/the-combined-effect-of-cold-and-moisture-on-manual-performance
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Matthew Ray, Elizabeth Sanli, Robert Brown, Kerri Ann Ennis, Heather Carnahan
Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effect of cold and moisture on manual performance and tactile sensitivity. Background People working in the ocean environment often perform manual work in cold and wet conditions. Although the independent effects of cold and moisture on hand function are known, their combined effect has not been investigated. Method Participants completed sensory (Touch-Test, two-point discrimination) and motor (Purdue Pegboard, Grooved Pegboard, reef knot untying) tests in the following conditions: dry hand, wet hand, cold hand, and cold and wet hand...
November 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140270/the-oxepane-motif-in-marine-drugs
#18
REVIEW
Héctor Barbero, Carlos Díez-Poza, Asunción Barbero
Oceans have shown to be a remarkable source of natural products. The biological properties of many of these compounds have helped to produce great advances in medicinal chemistry. Within them, marine natural products containing an oxepanyl ring are present in a great variety of algae, sponges, fungus and corals and show very important biological activities, many of them possessing remarkable cytotoxic properties against a wide range of cancer cell lines. Their rich chemical structures have attracted the attention of many researchers who have reported interesting synthetic approaches to these targets...
November 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139533/at-the-very-beginning-of-life-on-earth-the-thiol-rich-peptide-trp-world-hypothesis
#19
Yannick Vallee, Ibrahim Shalayel, Kieu-Dung Ly, K V Raghavendra Rao, Gael De Paëpe, Katharina Märker, Anne Milet
Life developed on Earth probably about 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet that was already largely covered by oceans and where the atmosphere was very humid. The reactions, which may have led to the formation of the first polymers, particularly to the first peptides and nucleic acids, must have been compatible with these conditions. This is the case of the reaction of nitriles with aminothiols, such as cysteine and homocysteine. Since aminonitriles are the probable precursors of amino acids, this condensation reaction has been able to rapidly yield dipeptides, tripeptides, oligomers and even true polymers, each containing thiol functions...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139129/reproductive-biology-of-female-striped-marlin-kajikia-audax-in-the-western-pacific-ocean
#20
H-Y Chang, C-L Sun, S-Z Yeh, Y-J Chang, N-J Su, G DiNardo
Length and mass data for 1260 (536 females, 683 males, 41 sex unknown) striped marlin Kajikia audax were collected at the fish markets of Tungkang, Singkang and Nanfangao from July 2004 to September 2010. Of these samples, 534 gonads (236 females and 298 males) ranging from 95 to 206 cm in eye-to-fork length (LEF ) and 8 to 88 kg in round mass (MR ), were collected. Chi-square tests indicated sex ratios were homogeneous among months in 2004 and 2006-2008, but not in 2005, 2009 and 2010; and there were significant differences in sex ratio by size...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
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