You have probably guessed by now that the castle in this mental exercise is Earth, and the North Wing is the vast, ice-covered Arctic Ocean Basin
. If the old adage is true that we know more about the surface of our neighboring planets than we do about Earth's ocean basins
(and it is), then nowhere is it more true than the Arctic Basin.
THE EUROPEAN Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat mission has released its first map of Arctic sea-ice, providing the best ever view of the thickness of sea ice across the entire Arctic Ocean basin
Mount Sinabung, one of the 129 volcanoes in Indonesia, sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity belt stretching around the Pacific Ocean basin
. The volcano has been erupting at irregular intervals since 2010 after remaining inactive for over 400 years.
The Northern Indian Ocean is the only ocean basin
without a direct link to rich polar feeding regions and oceanographic conditions (e.g.
According to Paul Silver from Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, and Mark Behn of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, in around 350 million years, the Pacific Ocean basin
will close up, as the westward-moving Americas collide with Eurasia.
Even at those high speeds, however, a tsunami can take up to half a day to traverse an ocean basin
This region, along with parts of eastern Australia and scattered regions in every major ocean basin
, were record warm.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is located on the volatile Ring of Fire, which encircles the Pacific Ocean basin
and is one of the world's most seismically active zones.
Fratantoni and his colleagues field-tested this propulsion system about 2 weeks ago in an ocean basin
in the Bahamas that's more than 2 km deep.