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Ancient, lost world found under Atlantic Ocean

Ever thought if there were a lost world submerged in the oceans? Deep below, beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean, geologists have discovered what they claim is an ancient landscape.

Government, Cape Wind, sign offshore lease

Atlantic City, N.J. -- The federal government Wednesday signed a lease with Wind Cape Associates for an offshore wind farm slated for the Atlantic Ocean near Nantucket Island, Mass.

Although the project has been slowed by environmental and political concerns, the plan calls for 130 wind turbines to be erected in a 25-square mile area of the Outer Continental Shelf. The generators are expected to have a maximum electric output capacity of 468 megawatts, Cape Wind said.

"This is the beginning of a new era for our nation in offshore energy production," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said at the lease signing in Atlantic City, N.J.

South Atlantic squid catch declining

Buenos Aires -- Environmental factors may be causing a dramatic drop in the number of squid being caught in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, experts say.

In the first six months of 2010, the catch fell by 50.4 percent in the most important fishery area for this species, Inter Press Service reported Friday. Exports of squid, Argentina's second-largest fisheries export after hake, fell 68 percent by volume compared for the same period of 2007, driving prices up.

A number of factors may be affecting the short-lived species that is highly sensitive to changes in its habitat, environmentalists and scientists say.

Atlantic garbage patch not increasing--study

A team of U.S. researchers, who recently analyzed the 22 years worth of data on Atlantic garbage patch, revealed on Thursday that surprisingly plastic concentration in the Atlantic has not increased over the time.

Predatory snail wrecks California oysters

San Francisco -- A predatory snail indigenous to the Atlantic Ocean is decimating native oysters living in Tomales Bay north of San Francisco, scientists said Monday.

About half of the Olympia oysters in the coastal estuary fell to a predatory whelk snail, a California Sea Grant-funded study published in the July issue of the Oecologia journal said. The grant's operation is based at the University of California-San Diego, which distributed a news release.

Search continues for missing Air France jet with 228 aboard

Rio de Janeiro/Paris, June 2: Search efforts were renewed early Tuesday as 228 people were feared dead in the crash of an Air France jet in the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

A pilot from Brazil's airline TAM possibly spotted a burning piece of wreckage on the Atlantic Ocean while he was crossing the Atlantic early Monday morning.

The Brazilian Air Force confirmed late Monday that the pilot saw "orange-coloured spots" in the middle of the Atlantic. The observation could have approximately corresponded to the time Air France 447 disappeared from radar.

The aircraft, with 228 people from 32 countries on board, went missing at about 0215 GMT Monday. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in Paris the chances of finding any survivors were "very slim".