Marine Ecology, a sub-discipline of Ecology, is an integrative science focused on research on and assessment of the biotic and abiotic components and processes of Earth's marine and oceanic environments. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that oceans comprise an astonishing 70 percent of the Earth's surface.
This environmental medium is supplemented by estuaries and coastal areas, and such other brackish bodies of water as the Great Lakes. Marine environments and their ecology are, therefore, critical for life, human habitation, and food and other natural resources. Also, basic and applied marine ecological research address human activity that affects ocean ecosystem composition, structure and function.
First ever case of human-caused marine disease.
Catching a Coral Killer
Coral reefs play an important role in marine ecosystems, so it's concerning to scientists,...
Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangrovesLast Updated on 2013-05-21 at 15:19
The Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangroves occupy a long expanse of disjunctive coastal zone along the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico for portions of Central America and... More »
Baltic SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-15 at 22:50
The Baltic Sea is situated between Scandinavia and mainland Europe, and extends into the North Sea. The sea is split into several smaller basins termed the Gulf of... More »
South China SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 17:00
The South China Sea is a critical world trade route and a potential source of... More »
Norwegian SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:24
The Norwegian Sea is a saline marginal sea, and an element of the North Atlantic Ocean, situated west of Norway. This sea is characterised by its cold deep basins that are... More »
Kara SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:13
The Kara Sea (alternatively, Karshoe More) is a saline marine body that is an element of the Arctic Ocean, situated north of the Siberian region of Russia.
Lying on the... More »
East Siberian SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:09
The East Siberian Sea is a saline marine body, which is a southern marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean.
To the east is found the Chukchi Sea and to the west beyond the New... More »