Filmmaker Cameron expedition finds unusual sea life

Associated Press
This handout photo, taken in 2009 by the unmanned submersible Nereus, provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, shows the flat bottom of the Mariana Trench that took pictures and samples. This image of a stalked anemone on rocks on the edge, but not quite on the bottom of the deepest place on Earth, where director/explorer James Cameron will be diving soon in a one-man sub. Earth's lost frontier is about to be explored firsthand after more than half a century.  (AP Photo/Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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The discovery of microbial mats — bizarre-looking, filamentlike clumps of microorganisms — living off chemicals from altered rocks 35,803 feet (10,912 meters) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean comes from samples and video collected by an unmanned lander, part of movie director James Cameron's mission to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

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