Thursday, February 7, 2008

Climate induced collapse of deep-sea ecosystems

Over at Deep Sea News, a gripping account of discusses some recent research that undermines the traditional view of deep-sea biology as a region largely untouched by climate events up on the surface. Apparently, El Nino events can trigger large shifts in biodiversity -- collapses, in other words. According to the research this blog discusses, collapses have occurred numerous times in the past.

Photo of a species of plankton, tomopteris, by Uwe Kils, from Wikimedia Commons

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