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Deep sea riches
2014-07-31 02:00:16

European Geosciences Union As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world’s largest environment. “This is the time to discuss deep-sea stewardship before exploitation is too much farther underway,” says lead-author Andrew Thurber. In a review published this week in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Thurber and...

Better Ocean Stewardship Called For By Researchers
2014-05-16 03:21:48

Nova Southeastern University NSU researcher joins colleagues to urge caution when exploring/exploiting deep oceans It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own planet's oceans. That especially applies to the deepest parts of our oceans – depths that are 200 meters or deeper. Researchers from organizations around the world who specialize in studying and exploring the deepest regions of our oceans have come together to pen a cautionary...

WHOI's Nereus remotely operated vehicle
2014-05-12 05:07:47

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Scientists think Nereus imploded exploring the Kermadec Trench On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean's hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely...

What Lives In The Deepest Part Of The Ocean?
2014-04-11 11:44:48

National Science Foundation "Telepresence" capability will bring mysteries of The Deep to the computer screen A team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will use the world's only full-ocean-depth, hybrid, remotely-operated vehicle, Nereus, and other advanced technology to find out. They will explore the Kermadec Trench at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The trench, located off New Zealand, is the fifth deepest trench in the world. Its maximum depth is...

Mesopelagic Fish Biomass Is 10 Times Higher Than Estimated
2014-02-10 06:40:49

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) The stock of mesopelagic fish changes from 1,000 to 10,000 million tons With a stock estimated at 1,000 million tons so far, mesopelagic fish dominate the total biomass of fish in the ocean. However, a team of researchers with the participation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has found that their abundance could be at least 10 times higher. The results, published in Nature Communications journal, are based on the acoustic...

Feast And Famine For Animals Living On The Abyssal Plain
2013-11-12 11:57:06

[ Watch The Video: Feast and Famine on the Abyssal Plain ] Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Animals living on the abyssal plains, miles below the ocean surface, don’t usually get much to eat. Their main source of food is ”marine snow”—a slow drift of mucus, fecal pellets, and body parts—that sinks down from the surface waters. However, researchers have long been puzzled by the fact that, over the long term, the steady fall of marine snow cannot account for all the...

Underwater Volcano System Proposed As National Park For Norway
2013-08-05 05:11:28

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Off the coast of Norway, on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, lies a largely unexplored world of undersea volcanoes. This system, with the fanciful name of Loki's Castle, contains rich metal deposits and unique wildlife. This field of five active hydrothermal vents was discovered in 2008. A team from the University of Bergen (UiB), led by Professor Rolf Birger Pedersen, continues to make discoveries at the site, which is thought to be the...

Deepest Hydrothermal Vent Discovered In Cayman Deep, Teeming With Life
2013-02-22 09:43:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2010, scientists working for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton made an astonishing discovery: the deepest and hottest known hydrothermal vents. These vents, which were found in an isolated trough in the Caribbean, have been named the Beebe Hydrothermal Vent Field (BHVF). With the discovery still fresh in their minds, a new team, led by the University of Southampton´s Dr. Jon Copley,...

How Ocean Energy Impacts Life In The Deep Sea Examined In New Study
2012-09-05 13:36:27

Results will help scientists understand what to expect under future climate change A new study of deep-sea species across the globe aims to understand how natural gradients in food and temperature in the dark, frigid waters of the deep sea affect the snails, clams, and other creatures that live there. Similar studies have been conducted for animals in the shallow oceans, but our understanding of the impact of food and temperature on life in the deep sea – the Earth's largest and...

Creatures Of The Abyss Invade Surface World
2012-06-11 02:43:47

"Don't panic," Douglas Adams might have said. Author of the sci-fi novel Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Adams advised "don't panic" whenever facing invaders. What Adams might not have known is that the inner space of the oceans conceals aliens every bit as resourceful as any that might lurk in outer space. "And now these deep-sea-dwellers have turned the tables on us," says Janet Voight, a biologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Voight and other scientists...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'