25 Feb '15, 1am

3 reasons to give a damn about the deep sea

3 reasons to give a damn about the deep sea

It’s not news that the ocean plays a role in climate change. It absorbs heat, sequesters carbon, releases carbon, impacts local weather patterns, etc. Hell, the ocean covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, so it would be kind of shocking if it didn’t have a big role to play. But we are still literally in the dark about some of the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean — they might as well be in outer space given how much we know about them. Fortunately, scientists are working hard to remedy that. Here are three new pieces to the great big puzzle that is the deep ocean. NOAA-OE, WHOI 1. Uppity volcanoes : It’s not news that CO2 leaches out of the ocean floor in the form of magma. The seafloor is home to thousands of miles of so-called mid-ocean ridges, where tectonic plates spread and release molten rock. Fortunately, this process happens at a fairly slow and steady ...

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