Scientists are digging deep into Earth's surface collecting census data on the microbial denizens of the hardened rocks.
Just off the coast of Northern California is a “Blue Serengeti,” a hot spot for migrating marine predators similar to a watering hole on the African Plains.
The Census of Marine Life Scientific Steering Committee was recently honored at the 2011 International Cosmos Prize Commemorative Lecture and Symposium, which is held to commemorate the 2011 Cosmos Prize winner.
The “Beyond 2010” Workshop: Building a New International Science Program Beyond the First Census of Marine Life is taking place September 30 and October 1, 2011 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
A young Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) gets his final diving lessons. He is already the size of his mother, who is waiting under the water. Soon, he'll be on his own.
Nereocystis, a marine alga commonly referred to as bull kelp, is often found in the nearshore and shallow gulf areas of North America's Pacific Coast.
This photo shows a chionodraco hamatus, one of the Antarctic's ice fish, which can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other types of fish.