A deep-sea anglerfish within the pillow basalts in the Mariana Trench area. You can see its round lure between its two eyes. This fish is an ambush predator that waits for prey to be attracted by the lure before rapidly capturing them in one gulp with its large mouth. Courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas hide caption

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NOAA says this ghostlike octopod, discovered more than 2 1/2 miles underwater near Hawaii, is almost certainly an undescribed species. Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016. hide caption

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Researchers lowered a specially designed hydrophone mooring from a Coast Guard cutter and down into the Mariana Trench. NOAA hide caption

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The sound of a magnitude-5 earthquake that hit near Challenger Deep in July of 2015.

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2015 was the warmest year on record — and by the widest margin ever, according to a new analysis by NASA and NOAA. Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center hide caption

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Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images hide caption

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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

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A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey. NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus hide caption

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday. It will be carrying aloft the DSCOVR satellite. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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