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2010-07-28 19:09:06

New study suggests primary role of ocean temperature in the distribution of marine biodiversity, documents significant overlap between areas of high human impact and diversity hotspots In an unprecedented effort that will be published online on the 28th of July by the international journal Nature, a team of scientists mapped and analyzed global biodiversity patterns for over 11,000 marine species ranging from tiny zooplankton to sharks and whales. The researchers found striking similarities...

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2010-07-06 10:58:31

Findings may revolutionize thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean Scientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than 10 possible new species in a trip which they say has revolutionized their thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. One group of creatures they observed - and captured - during their six weeks in the Atlantic aboard the RRS James Cook is believed to be close to the missing evolutionary link between backboned and...

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2010-04-19 08:50:00

Microbes and zooplankton may be difficult to see, but they are playing an important role in the Census of Marine Life as explorers and researchers are attempting to catalogue the smallest, hardest-to-find marine species in four of the 14 Census field projects. The findings of the entire census, which involved over 2,000 scientists from 80 different countries, will be formally unveiled in October. However, in an April 18 press release, census officials disclosed some of their findings,...

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2010-04-12 07:10:00

A British scientific expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, known as 'black smokers', 3.1 miles (5000 meters) deep in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. Using a deep-diving vehicle remotely controlled from the Royal Research Ship James Cook, the scientists found slender spires made of copper and iron ores on the seafloor, erupting water hot enough to melt lead, nearly half a mile deeper than anyone has seen before. Deep-sea vents are undersea springs where...

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2010-03-24 11:12:55

Some regions of the deep ocean floor support abundant populations of organisms, despite being overlain by water that contains very little oxygen, according to an international study led by scientists at the United Kingdom's National Oceanography Center, Southampton. But global warming is likely to exacerbate oxygen depletion and thereby reduce biodiversity in these regions, they warn. The sunlit surface waters tend to be well oxygenated as a result of their connection with the atmosphere....

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2010-02-19 13:05:00

Leaders of the Census of Marine Life said on Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that in a decade-long search for new ocean life, thousands of new species have been discovered across the globe. The research has involved thousands of scientists from every corner of the world. As of last fall, the census reported having added 5,600 new ocean species to those already known. Professor Ron O'Dor of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova...

2010-02-18 12:53:58

The latest findings from research on Antarctica's rich marine life are presented this week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Marine Biologist Huw Griffiths from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is involved in a major international investigation into the distribution and abundance of Antarctica's vast marine biodiversity "“ the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML). Griffiths presents results from the census "“ which began in 2005 "“ and describes how...

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2009-11-23 08:25:00

Deep sea teeming with species that have never known sunlight Census of Marine Life scientists have inventoried an astonishing abundance, diversity and distribution of deep sea species that have never known sunlight - creatures that somehow manage a living in a frigid black world down to 5,000 meters (~3 miles) below the ocean waves. Revealed via deep-towed cameras, sonar and other vanguard technologies, animals known to thrive in an eternal watery darkness now number 17,650, a diverse...

2009-10-01 10:21:34

NOAA and Norwegian researchers recently completed a comparative analysis of marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic and North Pacific to see what factors support fisheries production, leading to new insights that could improve fishery management plans and the ecosystems. Known as MENU, for Marine Ecosystems of Norway and the U.S., the collaborative project involved scientists at the NOAA Fisheries Service's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Alaska Fisheries Science Center and colleagues...

2009-05-27 13:56:09

Census of Marine Life historians meeting in Vancouver, Canada, say they have reconstructed images of past sea life that boggle the imagination. The researchers said they used such sources as old ship logs, literary texts and tax records to reconstruct what life in the ocean was like prior to the early 1800s. Before oil hunters harpooned whales by the hundreds, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today, the scientists said....


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