Simple Foraminifera Flourish at the Ocean's Deepest Point

  title={Simple Foraminifera Flourish at the Ocean's Deepest Point},
  author={Yuko Todo and Hiroshi Kitazato and Jun Hashimoto and Andrew J Gooday},
  pages={689 - 689}
Small organisms (meiofauna) inhabiting sediments in the deepest (>10,000 m) ocean trenches are almost unknown. Through a quantitative study of live foraminifera from an extreme trench environment (10,900 m water depth), we demonstrate that these protists are an abundant meiofaunal component. Foraminifera are organisms of central importance in geology and biology. There is currently great interest in primitive noncalcareous taxa with simple, single-chambered shells. The Challenger Deep… Expand

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