Number of fish and species diversity was shockingly sparse 7 kilometers down, team concludes.
Climate change isn’t a matter of controversy– the planet’s climate changes all the time and is arguably doing so now. The question is what’s causing it, which is arguable. Less controversial is what climate change is causing, and now scientists suspect the effect at the bottom of the sea is much worse than had been thought.
Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and New Zealand sent cameras to a depth of 7,000 meters – 4.5 miles – to record rarely-seen creatures on the floor of the New Hebrides Trench in the South Pacific.
The researchers had expected to see more variety in the previously unexplored trench, they say. They believe climate change could be having an impact even in the deepest reaches of the ocean.
Phi Beta Iota: The shock is in relation to expectations, not against a previously recorded baseline.