Venturing to the Ocean's Twilight Zone

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Video plankton recorder

Credit: Christian Lindemann
A marine expedition to the North Atlantic is investigating the "twilight zone" of the ocean — a region between 100 and 1000 meters (330 to 3,300 feet)…Read More »

below the sea surface where sunlight fades into the dark depths. The royal research ship James Cook is parked above the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, 350 miles (560 kilometers) southwest of Ireland. There, researchers are studying how planktonic life near the ocean surface influences how atmospheric carbon makes its way down into the ocean. Above: Deployment of the Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) at sunset. The VPR is equipped with a camera able to photograph plankton in their natural environment.   Less «
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