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Ocean Twilight Zone

The ocean's "twilight zone," a region deep beneath the waves where weird and fascinating creatures thrive, is an important but little understood part of the vast marine ecosystem. Readers can "dive into" this world with the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (previously featured in the 06-07-2019 Scout Report). The link above opens a quiz page where users can click "Dive Deeper," then "Take The Quiz," to answer a series of questions that reveal which bizarre deep-sea creature they are. From the quiz page, readers can click the hamburger button in the upper right corner, then "About" and "Visit Our Website" to be taken to the full project page. On that page, readers looking to learn more about the scientific and public policy impact of the project, or the technologies involved in diving more than 3,000 feet below the ocean surface, can check out the Work & Impact drop-down menu or click "Logbook" for notes from the field and news about the ongoing project. Teachers might find useful resources to integrate into the classroom, such as the "Images" and "Videos" that can be accessed from the Multimedia drop-down menu. The "Creature Features" page linked under the Explore the OTZ drop-down menu provides detailed information about some of the twilight zone creatures, such as the strawberry squid, lanternfish, atolla jellyfish, and black swallower. Click one of the featured creature tiles for photos, a description, quick facts, and related research items. OTZ is funded in part by the Audacious Project.
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2021-08-24 11:31:18
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2021-08-27 13:33:19
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