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Strange new species discovered in abyss

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Still Waters

Scientists have discovered four new species and two new genera inhabiting the deep, abyssal landscape that lines the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), a vast, recessed fracture zone covering some 4.5 million square kilometres (1.7 million square miles) of the central Pacific, is considered something of a prize in the mining sector due to its abundance of valuable metals and rare earth minerals deposited in polymetallic nodules along the sea bed.

Yet ancient minerals aren't the only things of wonder down here. In a new study, researchers report the identification of a number of deep-sea creatures unknown to science before now, living at depths greater than 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) below the ocean's surface.


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I knew some life forms like this back in High School

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