Environmental

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 without hydrothermal springs, abyssal muds, and rocky topped seamounts. 

A summary of the discoveries to date can be found at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100825_okeanos.html