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New Robot Travels Across the Seafloor to Monitor the Impact of Climate Change on Deep-sea Ecosystems


September 9, 2009

benthic rover Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity that wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot, the Benthic Rover, has been providing scientists with an entirely new view of life on the deep seafloor. It will also give scientists a way to document the effects of climate change on the deep sea. Image Credit: MBARI Full Story

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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