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Meet the copepod: the oceans’ little carbon sponge

Marine scientists race to improve their estimates of just how much carbon is stored in the deep ocean.

Ancient living soil microbes discovered over two kilometres beneath the seafloor

A new study has drilled deeper into the seabed than ever before, and discovered a thriving community of ancient soil microbes, tens of millions of years old

A call for deep ocean stewardship

Humankind needs and depends upon the world’s deep ocean – which spans more than half our planet. Yet still, the knowledge about it is poor.

Rubbish found in the deepest ocean depths

Beer cans, plastic bags and other types of human litter are scattered across the deepest seafloor.

Unstable Atlantic can accelerate climate change

A warmer planet can destabilise an important oceanographic process in the North Atlantic called deep water formation. If deep water formation is affected, it will have a profound impact on global climate and precipitation.

More fish found deeper in the ocean

The amount of fish in the world is being reassessed upwards. Some ten billion tonnes of fish that live at depths down to a kilometre are not fished at all. A University of Bergen professor thinks this biomass will be much more important for humankind in the future.