In the ocean abyss – the deepest of all aquatic ecosystems – life is rare. But a few well-adapted creatures do survive in the most inhospitable habitat on Earth.
- The abyssopelagic zone (or the abyss) begins 4000m below sea level and is the most inhospitable habitat of the planet.
- Animal life is rare in the abyss, but through adaptation and scavenging whole ecosystems are able to survive.
- The mid-ocean ranges are the largest mountain range on Earth – found far beneath the sea in the zone called the abyss.
- A series of colossal trenches exist under the ocean, the largest of these is the Mariana Trench at 11km deep.
Leaving the warm, blue waters of the upper ocean behind, we are descending into the deepest, most inhospitable habitat on Earth.
This is the abyssopelagic zone, or the abyss.
The abyss begins 4000m down. Locked in darkness and with crushing pressures, this is the largest and most mysterious biome on ...
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