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One-fifth of all known hydrothermal vents are threatened by deep-sea mining

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 6, 2013

Few moments have so profoundly altered our understanding of what it means to be a living thing on Planet Earth as the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and the organisms that thrive around them. The first vents visited were dominated by Riftia pachyptila, the giant tube worm, whose magnificent ruby plumage parted to reveal an […]

Alberta, Canada is the proud owner of the largest man-made pyramid on the planet

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, ScienceOctober 16, 2012

Pharaoh Khufu must be rolling in his monumental grave. Since its construction in 2560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the largest man-made pyramid ever built*. For 3800 years, it held the title of the tallest man-made structure of any kind. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that our buildings began dwarfing this wonder […]

A selection of primary literature on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Manus Basin

deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 7, 2012

Deep-sea mining is once again in the news. As Kevin Zelnio frustratingly points out on twitter, news articles often fail to mention the primary research that has been conducted at these sites or make more than a cursory statement concerning their ecology. This has the effect of marginalizing an entire ecosystem and makes it difficult […]

VentBase – securing the conservation of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 16, 2012

As a marine biologists just beginning my deep-sea education, conservation as a priority was an alien concept. The deep sea was the last true wilderness, distant and alien, impossibly difficult to access. We knew that exploitation was coming, companies had been exploring the potential of deep-sea mining for decades, but they always seemed to be […]

Mining the Deep Sea: what’s it worth?

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceDecember 13, 2011

In Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*, the iconic Captain Nemo announced that “in the depths of the ocean, there are mines of zinc, iron, silver and gold that would be quite easy to exploit” while predicting that the abundance of marine resources could satisfy human need. If the pace of development for deep-sea mining […]

Rumors from the Abyss: visions of a future without deep sea conservation

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldJuly 6, 2011

The deep benthos is simultaneously the largest and least explored ecosystem on the planet. Covering nearly 60% of the Earth’s surface, it supports an almost unimaginable reservoir of biodiversity, rivaling all terrestrial habitats combined. Its microbial and metabolic diversity have revolutionized our view of how life is sustained, not once, but twice (first with the […]

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