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Catch It If You Can! – Amphipods in the Deep-Sea

Let's get to know a deep-sea scavenging crustacean! Photo: Tasnim Patel

by Tasnim Patel, RBINS Life in the deep-sea is no picnic and dedicating your life to studying our last truly unexplored wilderness isn’t easy either. To sample fauna in the abyssal plains requires courage, expertise, commitment, financial backing and in my case …a pinch of luck. I’m studying deep-sea scavenging crustaceans, which are not only […]

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BOBO and the 7 (+7) dwarfs: How to sense the deep sea

Sensor platform with a optical backscatter sensor an an ADCP.

by Sabine Haalboom (NIOZ) The first half of the cruise has passed and we’ve finished the baseline studies in the Belgian license area. Doing my PhD research in marine geology at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), my main interest is the particle dynamics in the bottom boundary layer (i.e. the layer close […]

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SO268: What’s up on the seabed?

Manganese nodules with a sponge in the Clarion Clipperton Zone. Photo: ROV KIEL 6000/GEOMAR

At the bottom of the Ocean, in ~4000m water depth they can be found in high abundances: Manganese nodules. Industry and states are interested in these potato-sized objects as a new metal resource. But before commercial mining will start, the potential ecological impacts need to be investigated. Therefore, the project MiningImpact (funded through JPI Oceans) […]

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10°51.600’S 78°24.130’W

After a long and exhausting flight from Europe, we arrived in Lima, Peru, on the 30th of May. Down here we were facing the typical Peruvian winter weather. It was cloudy and rainy and felt almost like Kiel in summer. The next day we went straight to the port of Callao, a place where many […]