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Feast and famine on the abyssal plain

November 11, 2013

recovering a sediment trap from the deep sea Marine biologists have long been puzzled by the fact that marine snow does not supply enough food to support all the animals and microbes living in deep-sea sediments. Now, a new paper by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute researcher Ken Smith and his colleagues shows that blooms of algae or animals near the sea surface can deliver as much food to deep-sea organisms as would normally arrive over years or even decades. Full Story

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