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Archive: March 2012

Gulf of Maine ocean temperatures above normal

March 30, 2012


Gulf of Maine ocean temperatures above normal

By Associated Press
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P ORTLAND, Maine — The winter’s warm air temperatures have helped drive up water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, in line with a continuing trend, and the warm waters could result in lobsters molting their shells earlier than usual and ocean algae blooming ahead of schedule.

In the long run are questions...

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Undergraduate Research Projects on Display Friday

March 23, 2012


Undergraduate Research Projects on Display Friday


Seven University of Maine undergraduates will take part in a research showcase Friday in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta.

The event, which includes undergraduates from all seven UMaine System schools, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. UMaine System Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James Breece will be on hand to answer questions. A handout profiling the undergraduate students and their projects on display...

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Marine Biologist Gains Funding for Deep Sea Coral Research

March 14, 2012



Coral communities are frequently associated with warm, shallow tropical waters. Yet corals survive and thrive in both deep and cold waters of regions such as the Gulf of Maine, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Just like tropical corals, cold-water corals play an important role in creating habitats that support thousands of species of ocean creatures.

Corals found in deep seas, however, are much less frequently studied than their shallow cousins because the depths needed to reach coral...

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