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  1. Voyager: When an earthquake happens, do plates under the earth really rub against each other or what is really happening?

    – Cortlynd B., 13, San Diego, Calif. Mar 20, 2013 – Submitted by Cortlynd B., 13, San Diego, Calif.  Many earthquakes indeed happen as a result of plates rubbing against each other. You can explore “in the laboratory” how earthquakes occur by rubbing two ...

    Last Updated: March 12 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  2. Voyager: Can marine life adapt to climate change and pollution in the ocean so it doesn’t hurt them anymore?

    Nov 04, 2010 Q. Can marine life adapt to climate change and pollution in the ocean so it doesn’t hurt them anymore? —Submitted by Madeline H., 13, Purcellville, Va. A.   Marine organisms live in a wide range of habitats and environments. These can range f ...

    Last Updated: February 8 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  3. Voyager: Does water from the California coast ever become water in the Atlantic Ocean?

    Jan 03, 2011 Q. Does water from the California coast ever become water in the Atlantic Ocean? —Submitted by Makenzie K.,16, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. A. The simple answer is yes when describing general, large-scale circulation of the oceans. However, ...

    Last Updated: February 8 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  4. Voyager: What makes the ocean salty and how much salt is in the ocean?

    Jan 03, 2011 Q. What makes the ocean salty and how much salt is in the ocean? —Submitted by Benjamin G., 6, Ruston, La. A. Some areas of the ocean are saltier than other but on average there are 35 grams of salt per kilogram of seawater. The ocean contain ...

    Last Updated: February 8 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  5. Voyager: Have whales always inhabited the Arctic? If not, where did they originally come from and how did they adapt?

    Mar 01, 2011 —Submitted by Teressa B., 17, Kotzebue, Alaska A. Whales have not always inhabited the Arctic. The earliest whales, which evolved between 50 and 55 million years ago, came from temperate or mild regions. Modern whales that we recognize today ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  6. Voyager: Do Whales and Seals Have to Flee from Certain Arctic Environments once Sea Ice Conditions are Altered?

    Mar 01, 2011 Do whales and seals have to flee from certain Arctic  environments once the sea ice conditions are altered? If so, where would  they flee and why would it matter? —Submitted by Ryan F., 17, Manhattan Beach, Calif. A. To answer your question, ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  7. Voyager: Will the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cause Mutations?

    Voyager: Will the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cause Mutations? Jun 09, 2011 Q. Will the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill involve all sorts of mutations or new species of sea life? – Submitted by Marisa G., 15, Alpha, N.J. Scientists do not expect to ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  8. Voyager: Can Volcanoes Next to Each Other Erupt Simultaneously?

    Voyager: Can Volcanoes Next to Each Other Erupt Simultaneously? Jun 10, 2011 Q. Can volcanoes next to each other erupt simultaneously? — Submitted by Julia B., 17, Manhattan Beach, Calif.   The short answer is “yes” it can happen, but it’s not a particula ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  9. Voyager: How Do You Study Deep-Sea Animals?

    Q. Some animals live deep in the ocean at great depths and pressure. How do you study them? Won’t they die when you remove them from their native environment? Voyager: How Do You Study Deep-Sea Animals? Aug 01, 2011 Q. Some animals live deep in the ocean ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  10. Voyager: Why is the Earth Round?

    Q. If massive boulders came together to form the earth, wouldn’t the planet appear from space as a big bunch of chunks? Why does it appear so smooth? Voyager: Why is the Earth Round? Jul 28, 2011 Q. If massive boulders came together to form the earth, wou ...

    Last Updated: February 6 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography