More scientific art.
I’m a sucker for pretty pictures and photographs of bizarre animals. Compiled by Scientific American:
More than 340 scientists from around the world have been working over the past nine years to complete the Census of Marine Life, a project that has sent out dozens of expeditions to document ocean life at all levels of the sea. Final results from the survey will be announced next October, but preliminary results about the deep-sea findings are being released early.
With some 17,650 creatures found living below 200 meters, where photosynthesis stops, (and another 5,722 living below 1,000 meters), the researchers compare the surprising amount of marine diversity with that found in tropical rainforests. Of course, in a rainforest, “it’s visually overwhelming,” says Robert Carney of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and co-leader of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Census project, Continental Margin Ecosystems (COMARGE). Even a mere scoop of mud from the ocean floor can contain a wealth of animals that are just millimeters long.
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