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A Smith-McIntyre grab sampler is lowered into the water to scoop up samples from the seafloor. Pristine Protection
Science / The Biological World
Thursday July 31, 2014

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) will begin monitoring human impacts on the environment around its coastal research station off the Antarctic Peninsula, expanding a program that first began at McMurdo Station about 15 years ago.
A species of king crab, Paralomis birsteini, on the continental slope off the Antarctic Peninsula. Invasive Species
Science / The Biological World
Thursday July 31, 2014

Large populations of king crabs, first detected less than a decade ago, have scientists concerned that the seafloor organisms along a large swath of the continental shelf may be under threat from the voracious crustaceans.

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