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Undersea mountain is teeming with life


Posted on Wednesday, 6 August, 2014 | Comment icon 5 comments


The researchers used a remote operated submersible. Image Credit: NOAA

Researchers have been exploring the depths of the Hebrides Terrace Seamount off Scotland's west coast.

Marine scientists from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh set out to explore the undersea mountain, which at a height of 1,400km stands taller off the sea floor than Scotland's highest mountain Ben Nevis does on land, using an array of sophisticated instrumentation and a remotely operated submersible vehicle.

During their expedition the team discovered that the vast undersea region was teeming with all manner of creatures ranging from deep-sea fish and octopuses to coral and single-celled life forms.

"When the vehicle dives down it goes a kilometre through the open water and then this strange place opens in front of you," said Marine biologist Prof J Murray Roberts.

"There were at least 109 different taxa down there, all the way from really strange single-celled organisms to clusters of deep sea corals. I was surprised to see the diversity that we saw."

   
Source: Herald Scotland | Comments (5)

Tags: Scotland, Ocean, Seamount


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by magikgoddess on 6 August, 2014, 15:41
Wish there were more pictures on that article link, those 4 didn't give much to look at.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters on 6 August, 2014, 18:39
Interesting article.There's a video in this link - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/28636819
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 6 August, 2014, 19:37
Very interesting. Looks like we need to explore inner space as much as outer space.
Comment icon #4 Posted by odiesbsc on 6 August, 2014, 23:35
Years ago when I was in the Coast Guard, when we would go on patrol looking for Russian trawlers. There is a sea mount about 100 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River. We used to go out there and fish for a day before the patrol and catch some giant red snappers and have the Philipino cook fry 'em up with his special tempura batter. MMMMMM GOOD
Comment icon #5 Posted by smokeycat on 7 August, 2014, 13:46
[Quote]the undersea mountain, which at a height of 1,400km stands taller off the sea floor...[/Quote] I think it's meant to be 1400m not 1400km.


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