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Mid-Oceanic Ridges

Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystems (MAR-ECO)
MAR-ECO is an international study of the marine animals of the northern mid-Atlantic Ocean, including the processes that control their distribution and community structures in the waters around the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a huge undersea mountain range. This Census field project increases our understanding of the ocean's dark zone that extends more than 4000 meters below the surface into unexplored territory.

The manned submersible, MIR, being inserted into the ocean from the back of a research vessel. (Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystems - MAR-ECO. P.P. Shirshov, Institute of Oceanology)

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