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Craig McClain mcclainc at unm.edu
Wed Jun 29 09:26:06 EST 2005

Hello all,
I am receiving a lot of non deep-sea scientist at my recent website.  I 
was thinking about posting a series of post with the general heading of 
25 things you should know about the deep sea.  Any thoughts about what 
they would be? Of course as each one was posted they would be 
accompanied with more of an explanation.  A few ideas

1.	The deep sea is the earth’s largest habitat.
2.	 The deep sea starts at the edge of the continental shelf and ranges 
in depths from...
3.	Processes and patterns in the deep sea are intimately coupled to 
surface processes and patterns
4.	High species diversity
5.	Most species are smaller than their shallow water counterparts 
except some crustaceans that are larger
6.	The deep sea contains a variety of unique (habitats-seamounts, 
vents, etc.)
7.	The deep sea is currently under threat by fishing, drilling, mining, 
and waste disposal
8.	Deep-sea organisms exhibit a wide array of adaptations to the 
extremes of pressure, temperature, and low food availability.

Craig R. McClain, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

phone: 505-277-6437
fax: 505-277-0304
email: mcclainc at unm.edu
website: http://biology.unm.edu/crmcclain/

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