Let me reintroduce you to planet Earth. Nearly 64 percent of its surface, close to 208,640,000 square kilometers, sits below 200 meters of water. The lack of light at those depths prohibits photosynthesis, the biological energy conversion system that is the foundation of most food webs. Thus our world, with its abundant deep oceans, is dominated by food-poor habitats. The consequences of this reverberate throughout the deep sea–but not in the ways long assumed.
My posting frequency at DSN was low over the last few months. Why? I was pouring myself into writing a feature article for the November/December issue of American Scientist. You can read it free online now if you cannot wait. Of course, I would prefer you to support this wonderful publication and buy it when it hits the stands. As an extra bonus, the cover features a great photograph of denizens of the deep worthy of embellishing your coffee table. Be one of the next 5 donors to the Donor’s Choose campaign and I will send a signed copy along to you!