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2006-03-15 00:00:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- With tracts of the ocean as little known as Mars, discoveries of a stunning richness of life in the depths are spurring calls for more protection from trawlers, oil drillers and prospectors. Only about 0.5 percent of the oceans are in protected areas, compared to about 12 percent of the earth's land surface set aside in parks for creatures ranging from lions in South Africa to polar bears in Alaska. A United Nations meeting of the Convention...

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2006-03-15 00:00:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- With tracts of the ocean as little known as Mars, discoveries of a stunning richness of life in the depths are spurring calls for more protection from trawlers, oil drillers and prospectors. Only about 0.5 percent of the oceans are in protected areas, compared to about 12 percent of the earth's land surface set aside in parks for creatures ranging from lions in South Africa to polar bears in Alaska. A United Nations meeting of the Convention...

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2005-12-14 12:10:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Thousands of salmon, tuna and other fish with electronic tags are revealing mysterious Pacific Ocean migration highways that may give clues about how to rebuild dwindling stocks, scientists said on Wednesday. Marine experts also found 78 new species of fish in 2005 along with scores of other creatures ranging from a 3-meter (10 ft) rocket-shaped jellyfish in the Arctic to a tiny carnivorous sponge in the South Atlantic. "Fish with chips" --...

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2005-09-27 04:30:00

AMSTERDAM -- Meet the smallest creature in the world's oceans: the humble microbe. It provides the planet with oxygen and helps combat global warming. A staggering number of the single-celled organisms live in the oceans which cover two-thirds of the globe, yet not enough is known about the role they play in the planet's health. An international team of marine scientists has started confronting the mammoth challenge of cataloguing and exploring the biodiversity of the marine microbe as part...

2005-07-29 13:46:32

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The remotest depths of the Arctic ocean are surprisingly full of life, including previously unknown species of jellyfish and worms, a scientific team which just finished exploring the area said on Friday. The scientists, led by the University of Alaska, used robot submarines and sonar to probe an isolated 12,470-foot (3,800-meter) basin off Canada's Arctic coast where they fear species could be at risk from global warming. "We were surprised by the...

2005-07-29 12:33:55

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The remotest depths of the Arctic are surprisingly full of life, including species of jellyfish and worms believed to be previously unknown, explorers who just finished exploring the area said on Friday. The scientists, led by the University of Alaska, used robot submarines and sonar to probe an isolated 12,470-foot (3,800-meter) basin off Canada's Arctic coast where they fear species could be at risk from global warming. "Unexpectedly high numbers...

2005-07-29 14:58:27

A historic expedition of Census of Marine Life explorers to the planet's most northern reaches has revealed a surprising density and diversity of Arctic Ocean creatures, some believed new to science. The 30-day Ocean Explorer expedition (www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov), mounted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration aboard the US Coast Guard Ship Healy, includes 24 scientists, 11 of them engaged in the Census of Marine Life, an unprecedented 10-year global collaboration...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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