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Posted: 31 August 2011
SYSIF being deployed Up in the Artic, at this time of the year, there are still 24 hours of light. It is such a weird sensation arriving to your cabin at 4 am (after some hours looking at seismic lines, maps of the...
Posted: 31 August 2011
Robot carrying seismic recorder is launched towards the seabed Cruise JR269A, west of Svalbard: Understanding gas escape from the ocean floor Methane hydrate is formed from methane and water at high pressures and low temperatures, both of which are found at...
Posted: 30 August 2011
A translucent sea cucumber (Peniagone sp.) Ahoy, everyone! A couple of days ago, we finally left the Porcupine Abyssal Plain after a very successful sampling regime of megacoring, trawling, and the deployment of various other instruments...
Posted: 23 August 2011
Alan Jamieson with one of his beloved deep-sea fish Ahoy, everyone! Today, you are in for a treat. As you know already, we are deploying a whole range of instruments to get an idea about what type of creatures live at about 4,800 metres depth here at...
Posted: 23 August 2011
Stuart, Dan, and Chrysula waiting for the megacore Quite a few of the samples being brought up from the deep are being preserved in ethanol for DNA analysis when we’re back on land. Chrysa is preserving the sea cucumbers and sea stars...
Posted: 18 August 2011
Nina, Alex, Lenka, Colette and Zan being very excited about a bucket full of deep-sea creatures The days when we take the trawl samples seem to be a somewhat confusing mixture of sleeplessness, excitement and a lot of hard work! For me, these trawls are really the reason I’ve been out here...
Posted: 17 August 2011
The National Oceanography Centre On 12 August in Golden, Colorado, USA, Dr Angus Best of the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Geoscience Research Group made a successful bid to host the biennial Second International Workshop...
Posted: 17 August 2011
Sciences watch live video from the Mid-Cayman Rise Scientists of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been exploring the depths of the Cayman Trough without leaving Southampton, thanks to a ‘telepresence’ link from a US ship in the...
Posted: 15 August 2011
The box corer full of mud The deep sea is a reservoir of unknown biodiversity, particularly among invertebrates living inside the mud with many species new to science and in many ways rivalling the discovery of new insect...
Posted: 12 August 2011
The RRS James Cook leaving Cork, Ireland An entry from Alexander Hart our Irish Foreign Vessel Observer. It’s my responsibility to ensure that any research during JC062 that takes place in Irish waters (i.e., at Goban Spur) is done...
Posted: 10 August 2011
OTSB (Otter Trawl Semi Balloon) deployment It’s 6 o’clock in the morning and the entire science party is dressed in brightly coloured waterproofs, steel-capped boots, and hard hats, waiting impatiently in the hanger. We are not allowed...
Posted: 9 August 2011
Litter recovered from the deep seafloor of the west Mediterranean (Eva Ramirez-Llodra, ICM-CSIS, Barcelona) An international study conducted during the Census of Marine Life project SYNDEEP has concluded that human activities are increasingly affecting deep-sea habitats, resulting in the potential for...
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