Scripps scientist warns that growing industrialization threatens the deep ocean’s
The deep ocean, the largest domain for life on Earth, is also its least explored environment. Humans are now encroaching more vigorously than ever into the ocean’s deep regions, exploiting the deep’s resources and placing its wealth of vibrant habitats at risk. Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, believes the vital functions provided by the deep sea—from carbon sequestration to nurturing fish stocks—are key to the health of the planet.
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