Author: Emily Denny
At least twelve deep-sea species were recently discovered in the Atlantic, BBC News reported. After five years of research, scientists of the ATLAS Project, a transatlantic assessment and deep-water management plan for Europe, discovered new species of sea mosses, molluscs and corals.
Although much of the deep sea remains unexplored, researchers warn that the impacts of climate change, like ocean acidification, could threaten deep-sea species and their habitats.
“We can still say we have better maps of the surface of the Moon and Mars than of the sea floor,” Professor George Wolff, an ocean chemist from the University of Liverpool, told BBC News. “So whenever you go to the deep ocean, you find something new — not just individual species but entire ecosystems.”
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