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People can't make their homes in the deepest parts of the ocean but many other animals do. Can you spot any of these sea creatures in (A) living in the muddy sediment? At times, an avalanche of sand and mud rumbles down from shallower areas and forms a thin layer. You can see many layers from underwater avalanches that were preserved in the rock in (B).

How do people get to the deep sea? Using a submersible like Alvin!

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(A) Martin Miller, University of Oregon, courtesy of Earth Science World Imagebank and (B) Courtesy of NOAA.
Last modified January 6, 2004 by Lisa Gardiner.

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TES XXVI, 3 fall 2010 The Fall 2010 issue of The Earth Scientist, focuses on rocks and minerals, including articles on minerals and mining, the use of minerals in society, and rare earth minerals, and includes 3 posters!

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