Monday, April 24, 2006

Explore the last frontier

We know less about the deepsea environment than we know about the environment on the Moon, Mars or Jupiter. Only a tiny fraction of existing seamounts have been biologically sampled.

As Elliot Norse, President of the Redmond Marine Conservation Biology Institute puts it: "It's ironic that billions are being spent searching for water that might once have supported life on Mars while we're destroying the dazzling diversity of life in waters here on Earth."

That's what is so interesting about undersea exploration programmes like the Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts.

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