Deserts on the sea floor: Edward Forbes and his azoic hypothesis for a lifeless deep ocean.

@article{Anderson2006DesertsOT,
  title={Deserts on the sea floor: Edward Forbes and his azoic hypothesis for a lifeless deep ocean.},
  author={Thomas R. Anderson and Tony E. Rice},
  journal={Endeavour},
  year={2006},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={
          131-7
        }
}
While dredging in the Aegean Sea during the mid-19th century, Manxman Edward Forbes noticed that plants and animals became progressively more impoverished the greater the depth they were from the surface of the water. By extrapolation Forbes proposed his now infamous azoic hypothesis, namely that life would be extinguished altogether in the murky depths of the deep ocean. The whole idea seemed so entirely logical given the enormous pressure, cold and eternal darkness of this apparently… CONTINUE READING
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