Deep Sea

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Predatory sponges and giant sea cucumbers were just a few of the discoveries made by University of Hawaii researchers on a recent deep sea survey. The purpose of the mission was to characterize the remarkable organisms of this region to understand how these econosystem might change following deep-sea mining.  

Amon and Smith, UHM
Amon and Smith, UHM

A push to survey the seafloor for undersea mining has revealed an abundance of life on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — an area the size of the US mainland in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining.