Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species

The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.

The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.

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Image of the Day: Floating Frog
Image of the Day: Floating Frog
Emily Makowski | Oct 4, 2019
A frog performs a balancing act in a region where amphibians are threatened.
North America Has 3 Billion Fewer Birds Than it Did in 1970
North America Has 3 Billion Fewer Birds Than it Did in 1970
Catherine Offord | Sep 19, 2019
Population reductions in species such as sparrows and blackbirds reflect a concerning pattern of declining biodiversity across the continent, researchers find.
Agriculture and Climate Shape Biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro
Agriculture and Climate Shape Biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro
Michael Graw | Jul 15, 2019
A six-year study across the Tanzanian mountain’s slopes hints at how land-use practices will interact with a changing climate to influence ecosystems around the world.
Global Biodiversity Assessment Reports “Unprecedented” Declines
Global Biodiversity Assessment Reports “Unprecedented” Declines
Chia-Yi Hou | May 6, 2019
The intergovernmental organization reports “accelerating” species extinctions, with 25 percent of animal and plant species evaluated under threat of extinction.
Nearly 200,000 Viral Populations Live in the World’s Oceans
Nearly 200,000 Viral Populations Live in the World’s Oceans
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 26, 2019
Researchers analyze 146 samples from close to 80 sites, with nearly a third of samples coming from the Arctic Ocean.
Antarctic Emperor Penguin Colony Faces Collapse
Antarctic Emperor Penguin Colony Faces Collapse
Jef Akst | Apr 25, 2019
After three years with very few new chicks, the birds are abandoning one of the biggest breeding sites on the continent, satellite images show.
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.
Tortoise Not Seen for 113 Years Found on Galapagos Island
Tortoise Not Seen for 113 Years Found on Galapagos Island
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 25, 2019
Chelonoidis phantasticus, or the Fernandina giant tortoise, was feared extinct until an expedition found a lone female in a remote area on the island of Fernandina.
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
K.V. Venkatasubramanian | Feb 19, 2019
China’s ongoing Belt and Road Initiative passes through areas that are already at risk of swapping organisms.