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Hope Spot - Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone: support ocean's health and diversity

About Hope Spot - Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone: support ocean's health and diversity
The Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone is composed of two parallel linear oceanic features that cut across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. The unusual name reflects this duality – “Charlie” named for the ocean weather station located on one, and “Gibbs” for the research vessel used to discover the other. Subtropical and subpolar waters collide here over an abrupt seafloor feature called a fracture zone, creating a high nutrient convergence that sustains an exceptional abundance of zooplankton like krill and copepods—the basis of the marine food web that support countless species. Seamounts surround the fracture zone and rise to within 1,500 meters of the surface. These geological features provide habitat to many migratory species that are integral to ocean health and diversity.
About Mission Blue
Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots through the creation of a global network of marine protected areas to safeguard 20% of the ocean by 2020.