Contact: Barbara Ferreira
European Geosciences Union
Wonders of the deep sea
Planet Press: Geoscience press releases for kids
Some of the species you can find in the deep sea! (Credit: SERPENT Project/D.O.B. Jones, L. Levin, UK's BIS Department)
Have you ever seen Finding Nemo, the animation film about the adventures of a clownfish in search of his son? This movie is one of the many that has been inspired by the deep sea, an untouched and fascinating environment with strange life forms and many wonders!
The deep sea – ocean areas deeper than 200 m – is vast, dark and remote, but it is teeming with life and riches. There, you can find oil and gas, needed to provide heating and electricity, and minerals and metals that are used in our cell phones and batteries. You can even make jewellery from deep-sea corals, and other life forms from this environment, such as bacteria and sponges, can be used to make medicines.
US scientist Andrew Thurber got an international team of researchers together to tell everyone about the deep sea, and why we should protect it. They say that the deep sea is very important because it nurtures different kinds of fish and removes carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. The Earth's climate has been changing because our factories, power plants and cars release carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, contributing to the heating up of our planet. The deep sea has stored away a lot of this gas, so has helped limit the effects of the warming.
The deep sea may be distant and very hard to visit, but it affects us in many ways. We need to treasure it and care for it because it provides a lot of the things we need in our daily lives and it is important to the health of our planet.
This is a kids' version of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) press release 'From Finding Nemo to minerals – what riches lie in the deep sea?'. It was written by Bárbara Ferreira and Sara Mynott and reviewed for scientific content by Andrew Thurber and Jeroen Ingels and for educational content by Sally Dengg. For more information check: http://www.egu.eu/education/planet-press/.