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The manipulator arm of the remotely operated vehicle Jason samples a stream of fluid from a hydrothermal vent. The fluid contains gases that are in liquid form because of the high pressure of the deep ocean. Credit: Chris German/WHOI/NSF, NASA/ROV Jason 2012, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Origin of massive methane reservoir identified

A source of chemical energy that’s being created by geology.
Cold waters that sank in polar regions hundreds of years ago during the Little Ice Age are still impacting deep Pacific Ocean temperature trends. While the deep Pacific temperature trends are small, they represent a large amount of energy in the Earth system. Photo by: Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The bottom of Pacific Ocean getting colder, possibly due to Little Ice Age

As a significant part of the ocean responds to the rising temperatures of the today's world, the deep, dark waters at the base of...