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Why does the ocean get colder at depth?

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The  great ocean conveyor  moves water around the globe. Cold, salty water is dense and sinks to the bottom of the ocean while warm water is less dense and remains on the surface. Cold water has a higher density than warm water. Water gets colder with depth because cold, salty ocean water sinks to the bottom of the ocean basins below the less dense warmer water near the surface. The sinking and transport of cold, salty water at depth combined with the wind-driven flow of warm water at the surface creates a complex pattern of ocean circulation called the 'global conveyor belt.' In contrast, the Earth gets hotter and hotter at depth primarily because the energy of radioactive decay is leaking outwards from the core of the planet . While this geothermal energy is transferred to ocean water along the seafloor, the effect is so small that it's immeasurable by...
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‘Fishpeople’ tells stories of lives affected by the sea

‘Fishpeople’ tells stories of lives affected by the sea
A new documentary by Santa Barbara filmmaker Keith Malloy, tells the stories of six people who have dedicated their lives to the ocean in different ways. Among them are a spear fisherman in Hawaii, a former coal miner in Australia and a youth worker in San Francisco. Presented by Ventura-based outdoor retailer Patagonia, “Fishpeople,” screens at Patagonia headquarters on Thursday, April 20th and in Santa Barbara at the Sandbox on Friday, April 21st . KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian spoke with Malloy about why he chose to make this film. Clockwise from top left: Dave Rastovich (surfer), Kimi Werner (spearfisher), Matahi Drollet (surfer/fisherman), Lynne Cox (open-water swimmer), Eddie Donnellan (youth worker), Ray Collins (photographer). KCRW: You and your brothers are surfers as well as filmmakers. You could have made a surf film. Why go this route? Keith Malloy: The ocean has affected me in such a positive way, and part of it’s surfing...
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Meet a professional mermaid who charges $6,000 per appearance

Meet a professional mermaid who charges $6,000 per appearance
Linden Wolbert is a mermaid. No, really, she is. Almost. She can hold her breath for over five minutes while diving 115 feet below the surface of the ocean. "I think I'm a little bit crazy," laughed the 36-year-old Californian. Over the last decade, Wolbert proved skeptics wrong and turned a love of the ocean into a growing fortune. "People always ask, 'How do you make money as a mermaid?'" The answer: Lots of hard work. Taking the dive "Mermaid Linden" is a character Wolbert created in 2006. "I never thought it could happen, but magic took over." She grew up in Pennsylvania Amish country watching Jacques Cousteau specials on TV and repeatedly rewinding a VHS copy of Disney's "The Little Mermaid." She dreamed that one day, she would be under the sea. Wolbert eventually ended up in California and became a scuba diver. "I cried the first time I...
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