Tag: ocean floor

Ocean Waters Ablaze With Flame Shells

By Lisa Raffensperger | December 27, 2012 4:18 pm

A massive colony of these bad-hair-day shellfish, called flame shells, has been discovered off the coast of Scotland. Its inhabitants are thought to number over 100 million, making it possibly the largest grouping of flame shells in the world.

The critters are a species of saltwater clam (Limaria hians), named for the fiery orange tentacles fringing their two half-shells. Read More

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Researchers Find Rare Earths in Pacific Ocean Mud

By Valerie Ross | July 5, 2011 3:22 pm

What’s the News: Researchers have found high concentrations of rare earth metals, essential materials for making nearly all high-tech electronics, in mud on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, according to study published online earlier this week in Nature Geoscience. These huge deposits could help satisfy ever-increasing demand for rare earth metals, but there are major questions about the economic viability and ecological effects of mining the seabed.

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