The Mysteries Of The Abyssal Zone

And The Wonders it Contains

It is natural for humans to be curious and wanting a sense of exploration. The biggest companies and richest people have often spent millions of dollars to explore uncharted land, resources, and even space in conquest for discovering new things.

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Just How Big is the Abyssal Zone?

Humans have only explored 5% of the ocean and in the ocean, there are 4 zones which are the sunlight zone, the twilight zone, the midnight zone, and the abyssal zone. The abyssal zone is the least explored zone because of its dangerous environment. The pressure is immense too, reaching around 600 times the pressure we feel on the surface.

A Mysterious Creature in the Depths of the Abyssal Zone

Life in the Abyssal Zone

Solitary life other than ecosystems exists here too, such as large fish (Anglerfish, Fangtooth fish, etc.), crustaceans (Spidercrab, Squat Lobsters, etc.) and many more creatures. These marine animals survive on a few unique adaptations exclusive to the abyssal zone.

Creatures of the Depths

Anglerfish: The anglerfish is a large deep-sea fish that has big teeth and a lure on its head. The lure has a bioluminescent glow and it attracts prey from far distances, so when an unexpected victim comes along, the angler will swallow the fish whole.

An Angler Fish
A Vampire Squid

Ecosystems in the Abyssal Zone

You already know life exists in the abyssal zone, but did you know that whole ecosystems exist underground too? Ranging from Deep Sea Coral Reefs to Tube Worm Fields, these animals have adapted to live in the harshest environment ever. Yes, I said animals because these ecosystems are very special. They operate without the power of the sun which is fascinating!

A Thermal Vent Driven Ecosystem

Why Do We Explore the Abyssal Zone?

Since we have explored less than 5% of the abyssal zone, we are bound to find new resources we can use. Let’s see what we can discover.

A Brine Pool with a Mussel Shore
  • Bioluminescent technology can be used as a tester for water purity. Tiny microorganisms can sense the faintest toxins in the water.
  • Bioluminescent molecules can even detect cancer cells since bioluminescence allows researchers to study live tissues.

Conclusion

With plenty of resources and attention going into space exploration, I’d say it’s certainly possible to promote sea exploration too. We’ve already discovered fascinating creatures and functioning ecosystems in the abyssal zone, so why not continue? We can even discover valuable resources and information that can benefit us and help work us towards a better planet.

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