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Deep-sea corals record dramatic long-term shift in Pacific Ocean ecosystem

December 15, 2013

coral samples collected by Pisces V submersible Long-lived, deep-sea corals preserve evidence of a major shift in the open Pacific Ocean ecosystem since around 1850, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The findings indicate that changes at the base of the marine food web observed in recent decades in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre may have begun more than 150 years ago at the end of the Little Ice Age. Full Story

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