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Periodical Profile:  Oceanus

Today is Earth Day.  In recognition of the occasion, today’s periodical profile features Oceanus, a publication of our own world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)!

I will let Oceanus tell you in their own words, what they are all about.  From their website

Oceanus explores the oceans in depth, highlighting the research and researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in news, features, and interviews written by magazine staff, with full-color photographs and illustrations. Each issue covers a wide spectrum of oceanography, spanning coastal research, marine life, deep-ocean exploration, and the ocean’s role in climate, as well as ocean technology and policy.”

Oceanus was first published in 1952 as a 16-page typewritten document to provide “a worthwhile reference to modern oceanographic exploration ... that is neither too technical nor too popular.” That concise philosophy still remains, even though the mission of the magazine has evolved over the years. Today, the Internet offers more timely access to information, and our scope has broadened to convey the adventure of ocean exploration, the global and collaborative nature of ocean research, and the importance of understanding the key feature that makes our planet unique and habitable.”

Oceanus is published about three times a year on an irregular schedule; no doubt as their schedules permit and research is ready for publication.  We keep issues dating as far back as 2004 available on the shelf in the periodical room. 

The latest issue, which dates to December, 2010, asks and answers some compelling questions about our oceans: “Are whales ‘shouting’ to be heard?” “Will a more acidic ocean be noisier for whales?” “What will we find for deep sea hydrothermal vents and animals along the Mid-Cayman rise in the Caribbean Sea?” “How deep is the ocean?” What’s living in the ocean?” “What happens to plastics that end up in the ocean?” “How does mercury get into fish?” The articles that answer these questions are written for general readers in a clear and engaging style.  High school students working on reports and members of the Falmouth community who want to keep abreast of the research our local scientists are conducting around the world will find this magazine a must read. 

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