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Although long thought to be devoid of life, the bottom of the deep ocean is now known to harbor entire ecosystems teeming with microbes.
University of California, Berkeley, scientists are drilling into ancient sediments at the bottom of Northern California's Clear Lake for clues that could help them better predict how today's plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population.
Of all the habitable parts of our planet, one ecosystem still remains largely unexplored and unknown to science: the igneous ocean crust.
Samples of rock, sediment from beneath the sea-floor help explain quakes like Japan's.
Thirty-eight million years ago, tropical jungles thrived in what are now the cornfields of the American Midwest and furry marsupials wandered temperate forests in what is now the frozen Antarctic.
The Chicxulub crater in Mexico, the site of the asteroid strike that brought the dinosaurs to extinction 65 million years ago, is among the highlights of ocean drilling projects proposed for the next decade.
For eight weeks beginning in November 2009, off the coast of New Zealand, an international team of 34 scientists and 92 support staff and crew on board the scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution (JR) were at work investigating sea-level change in a region called the Canterbury Basin.
Water in Earth's critical zone; declining water resources in the US west; "zebra stripes" in rock; dark energy under the sea-floor; undersea volcanic eruptions; Sumatra earthquake zone among topics.
Close to 600 scientists from 21 countries met Sept. 23 â€“ 25 2009 in Bremen, Germany, to outline major scientific targets for a new and ambitious ocean drilling research program.