Deep-Sea Alien Abode Discovered

Posted on May 18, 2007  Comments (2)

Deep-Sea Alien Abode Discovered by Jeanna Bryner:

Recent expeditions have uncloaked this polar region, finding nearly 600 organisms never described before and challenging some assumptions that deep-sea biodiversity is depressed. The findings also suggest that all of Earth’s marine life originated in Antarctic waters.

Scientists had assumed that the deep sea of the South Pole would follow similar trends in biodiversity documented for the Arctic. “There are less species in the Arctic than around the equator,” said one of the study scientists, Brigitte Ebbe, a taxonomist at the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research. “People assumed that it would be the same if you went from the equator south, but it didn’t prove to be true at all.”

Very interesting stuff. Related: Altered Oceans, the Crisis at SeaOcean LifeAntarctic Robo-sub

2 Responses to “Deep-Sea Alien Abode Discovered”

  1. Dave
    May 18th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    Thats amazing. Whats equally amazing is how we keep finding more and more species. At first thought most people would say that we have explored the whole earth. But there are still so many places we have never seen.

  2. Markk
    May 19th, 2007 @ 3:50 am

    The sheer diversity of life on our planet is nothing short of amazing.

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