Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas

Underwater Discoveries:

This brown algae and its cousins love coastal waters that are cool or cold. Some form wispy clusters of filaments, while others resemble delicate ribbons or leafy, golden-brown shrubs. One of its relatives forms the kelp forests that thrive off the California coast. It can grow as much as a foot a day, producing what are considered the largest of the sea's photosynthetic organisms.

Photo: Sylvia Earle/National Geographic

Mapping the Sea and Its Mysteries

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