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Half Mile Down, 1934

By | July 1, 2015

In his bathysphere, William Beebe plumbed the ocean to record-setting depths.

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Orb-iters

By | July 1, 2015

See how William Beebe and Otis Barton descended to the ocean's depths in an early submersible designed to allow access to the mysterious lifeforms inhabiting the deep sea.

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Extreme Living

By | February 1, 2015

Take a tour of deep-sea methane seeps and meet the organisms that call these extreme environments home.

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Life-Finding Expeditions

By | December 18, 2014

Researchers analyzing samples from the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition identify living microbes, while a team exploring the Arctic finds life thriving below the ice.

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Microbes Thrive in Deepest Ocean

By | March 17, 2013

Researchers find remarkably active bacteria in the Mariana Trench, where they live under pressure 1,000 times greater than at the surface.

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Live Slow, Die Old

By | May 17, 2012

Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.

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James Cameron Hits Rock Bottom

By | March 27, 2012

The movie director-turned-explorer made the 6.8-mile drop to the deepest point on the seafloor, but wasn’t too impressed by what he found.

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