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[VIDEO] Largest ever private award to UH funds microbial oceanography research

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For decades now, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been at the forefront of microbial oceanography—the study of microscopic organisms, or microorganisms, in the sea. Because of the cutting edge research done at the university’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and C-MORE, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, UH Mānoa was awarded the largest ... Read More »

Antarctic ice-sheet less stable than previously assumed

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The first evidence for massive and abrupt iceberg calving in Antarctica, dating back 19,000 to 9,000 years ago, has now been documented by an international team of geologists and climate scientists. Their findings are based on analysis of new, long deep sea sediment cores extracted from the region between the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The study in the ... Read More »

Water in Moon rocks provides clues and questions about lunar history

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A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon’s interior varies regionally – revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon.  These discoveries provide a new tool to unravel the processes involved in the formation of the Moon, how the lunar crust cooled, and its impact ... Read More »

Precursor volcano to the island of O‘ahu discovered

Map showing volcanoes thought to have made up the region of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i

  Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de L’Environment (France), and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently discovered that O‘ahu actually consists of three major Hawaiian shield volcanoes, not two, as previously thought.  The island of O‘ahu, as we know it today, is the remnants of two volcanoes, Wai‘anae and Ko‘olau.  But ... Read More »

Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and University of Hawaii are hosting the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage from May 12 to May 16, 2014. As part of this international event, members of the community are invited to participate in the keynote address, which is free and open to the public.  The keynote will be held on May 13, 9:15am ... Read More »

[VIDEO] SOEST Open House on Voice of the Sea

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The U.H. Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Open House will be featured on the Voice of the Sea episode to be aired this Sunday, May 4, on KFVE at 6pm HST (channels 5 and 1005).  You can also watch it live online from http://www.k5thehometeam.com/ From the promotion: In the episode, we visit the SOEST open house ... Read More »

Deep origins to the behavior of our volcanoes

View of eruption plume from Overlook vent in Halema'uma'u crater on the summit of Kilauea volcano on 27 March 2008, 9 days after the start of the ongoing eruption. Credit: Christine Heliker, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey.

Kīlauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, typically has effusive eruptions, wherein magma flows to create ropy pāhoehoe lava, for example. However, Kīlauea less frequently erupts more violently, showering scoria and blocks over much of the surface of the island. To explain the variability in Kīlauea’s eruption styles, a team including Bruce Houghton, the Gordon Macdonald Professor of Volcanology ... Read More »

2014 Regents’ Medal for excellence in research

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Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony was held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions ... Read More »

[VIDEO] UHM shark research on Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Mysteries

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On April 26, ABC aired an episode of Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Mysteries television show featuring Carl Meyer’s shark research at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.  Meyer showed Corwin how to apply tags — sophisticated instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks that are now helping to reveal novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean ... Read More »

Scientists chart seafloor of one of the largest marine protected areas on Earth

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On April 11, scientists returned from a 36-day mapping expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Monument is the largest protected area in the United States, encompassing an area greater than all its national parks combined, yet over half its seafloor has never been mapped in detail due to the limited availability of the advanced sonar systems required. ... Read More »

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