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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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For Life Around Deepwater Horizon, Deep Is Relative
2 June 2010 1:08 pm
One of the largest remaining unknowns about the impact of the oil is what it will do to corals and other life at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The communities under the spill are about 1500 meters deep, but life has been found much deeper elsewhere in the ocean, as this handsome chart shows.
Even in the ocean's deepest trench, about 11 kilometers down, researchers have discovered abundant life. The so-called Challenger Deep contains many kinds of single-celled shelled organisms called foraminifera. Earlier this year, researchers reported that these deepwater foraminifera build their shells with materials that sink from overlying water.