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Deep-sea Ecosystems Affected by Climate Change
November 2, 2009
The vast muddy expanses of the abyssal plains occupy about 60 percent of the Earth's surface and are important in global carbon cycling. Based on long-term studies of two such areas, a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that animal communities on the abyssal seafloor are affected in a variety of ways by climate change.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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