Oceanography > Issues > Archive > Volume 25, Issue 2

2012, Oceanography 25(2):10–14, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.59

RIPPLE MARKS—The Story Behind the Story

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Cheryl Lyn Dybas, a contributing writer for Oceanography, is a marine ecologist and policy analyst by training. She also writes about science and the environment for Natural History, Canadian Geographic, Africa Geographic, BioScience, National Wildlife, Scientific American, and many other publications, and is a contributing editor for Natural History.


Story and First Paragraphs

Savannas of the Sea

Mtumbwi hauwezi kujua panapokuwa pamejaa maji. (Swahili)
The dugout canoe does not know the depth of the water. (English)

So believe the Hangaza, an ethnic group of more than 150,000 people who live to the west of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. The lake has long been an object of contemplation for the Hangaza. They know it has fish and crocodiles, but say there's more to this—and other—vast waterbodies than what may be seen from a canoe.

Spirit of the Wetlands: Conservation of Cranes Leads to Protection of Asia's Most Extensive Wetlands

Can a flyway approach to conservation benefit wetlands scattered across a continent, as well as the cranes and other waterbirds—and humans—that depend on them?

If recent efforts in Asia by the International Crane Foundation (ICF), headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin, are any indication, the answer is a resounding yes.

Cometh the (Mercury-Laden) Fog

What do a horror movie, the roof of a building situated in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common?

They're often draped in long tendrils of fog. That makes them prime sites for collecting fog water samples, in all but the cliffhanger film, that is.


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Dybas, C.L. 2012. Ripple marks—The story behind the story. Oceanography 25(2):10–14, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.59.