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More life everywhere, now in great diversity at 2.3 miles below the ocean surface

As noted in prior posts, life keeps being found in some of the most unexpected places. A recent study off Indonesia found nearly 40 new species in just one week of exploration at a depth of 3,700 meters. Among the finds, distinctive corals, crabs, sea stars, shrimp, and worms. And what would depth be...

Another potential sign of global warming: Crabs are invading the shallow waters of the Southern Ocean

Numerous past posts have noted that evidence for global warming can be found in the numerous reports on specific environmental conditions and events around the globe (for example, the migration of corals around Japan, the trend in lakes around the world to become warmer). Although these events and conditions...

Hydrothermal vent communities are unexpectantly diverse

During the late 1970's, researchers discovered and elucidated deep-sea vent ecosystems. The picture was one of large tube worms, mussels, and other animals that lived on the chemical energy put forth by these vents. Now, researchers are finding that these communities are more diverse than originally...