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Question number: 18 Posted: 25 Nov 2004 09:24
Topic: Various Creator: Dinah Bollasina
Status: Answered Scientist: Odd Aksel Bergstad
Written by: Dinah Bollasina 25 Nov 2004 09:24

why did you choose to study the mid atlantic area?

Written by: Odd Aksel Bergstad 25 Nov 2004 10:31

We have been studying animal life along the coasts and continetal margings for years, but we do not know the ecosystems around the mid-ocean ridges of the world.

Strangely enough, even the fauna along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge has not been well described despite that it lies in between the rich continents of Europe and America. The MAR is a huge topographical feature with major influence on deep-water circulation in the Atlantic, and we should know more about what animals live there.

It is also a fishing area for an international fleet, and the managers of teh ocean need more scientific knowledge to intrdoduce measures to avoid overfishing and destruction of vulnerable habitats.

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