Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Super pollution in ocean trenches: what may evolve below?

One trope of science fiction is that pollution can cause mutations in animals and fish that result in gigantic, terrifying monsters.

These monsters have a propensity to swim up to the surface and wreak havoc on unsuspecting coastal dwellers, often on the Japanese archipelago or the Pacific Rim.

Korea has also been "host" to some gruesome examples. Just have a look at the video below.

What then the news that deep ocean trenches have 50 times more industrial toxins than the infamously polluted Chinese river systems.

Analysis of tiny crustaceans has proven this in a recent Nature (Ecology and Evolution) journal. The evolution part of the title is worrying.

What evil might rise from the deeply polluted deep?

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