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Planet Earth

My God, It's Full Of Stars!

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumMay 20, 2008 6:32 PM

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Over at Correlations, Cifford predicts I'll 'love' his post on these inhabitants of the Macquarie Ridge near New Zealand, adding:

I really hope the scientists said that* when they found this. Really. It's a mountain, underwater, colonized by millions of starfish. Amazing.

[*Pop quiz: Without Google-cheating - Anyone know what the title is a quote from?]

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The answer is of course, it's from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which makes two reasons Clifford is absolutely right about my reaction! After all, Intersection readers know echinoderms are the coolest marine invertebrate around... Go check out the BBC's 'Brittlestar city' video to watch these critters in action!

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