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Five New Species Found in Arctic's Cold Depths

June 26, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An ice-covered pool believed to hold the world's oldest seawater is being scoured by scientists taking an inventory of aquatic life in the Arctic.

A small sampling for the inventory, financed by a $600,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has already found at least five new species as well as creatures previously unknown to the 2-mile-deep Canada Basin, north of Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

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