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Oil Driven to Gulf Floor Via 'Slime Highway'

Huge layer of oily residue found on seabed

(Newser) - Scientists trying to figure out what happened to the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster believe most of it likely sank to the seafloor instead of evaporating or being eaten by microbes. Researchers taking sediment samples say they have found evidence that a huge amount of oily residue is on... More »

Seabed 'Fried Egg' May Be Impact Crater

Scientists believe meteor caused odd formation

(Newser) - Portuguese scientists mapping the Atlantic Ocean seabed believe a strange formation they have discovered may be one of the very few undersea impact craters ever found. The depression—dubbed the "Fried Egg" because of its shape—is roughly 4 miles wide with a central dome. The researchers believe it... More »

Fish Found at Record Depth

New device can retrieve live creatures from high-pressure deep-sea zones

(Newser) - Scientists have captured a live fish from a record 7,500 feet under the Atlantic Ocean, the BBC reports. A new device allows recovery of live creatures from much farther down than was previously possible. The expedition to learn more about life around hydrothermal vents deep beneath the ocean also... More »

Seabed Rights Add Up to Long Division

UN team weighs international claims on underwater territory

(Newser) - The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf has a big job. As some 60 countries rush to claim the ocean seabed—and the oil reserves beneath—the 21-person team of part-time scientists must settle disputes, relying on geology and the sometimes arcane Law of the Sea. “... More »

Trawling Scars Ocean Floors

'Most destructive' common fishing method destroys underwater ecosystems

(Newser) - Scientists can now see the destruction caused to the ocean floor by bottom trawling in satellite photos, LiveScience reports. The pictures show huge plumes kicked up from the ocean's bottom as fishing nets dragged along the floor wreak havoc on undersea ecosystems. "Bottom trawling is the most destructive of... More »

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