Massive, Unrivalled Deep-Sea Project Just Discovered a Bunch of New Atlantic Species

Date: December 30, 2020

Source: ScienceAlert
Author: Carly Cassella

It’s taken nearly five years, 45 research expeditions, and more than 80 scientists and students, but the largest oceanic research enterprise, the ATLAS project, is officially complete.

Exploring 12 locations in the deep northern Atlantic, the project has set a gold standard for future marine research.

Driving underwater robots to areas never before explored, researchers have uncovered a dozen newly identified species, including fish, cold-water coral and other invertebrate sponge species. Not to mention the discovery of 35 known species in previously unknown areas.

Already, the results have produced 113 peer-reviewed papers, with 98 more soon to follow. 

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