Real or fake? Exploring animal communities associated with natural and artificial polymetallic nodules

NIOZ frames with natural and artificial nodules deployed in the CCZ. Photo: ROV team/GEOMAR

by Sabine Gollner and Coral Diaz Recio Lorenzo (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ) The growth of the global economy and technological development is increasingly leading to scarcity of certain metals essential for the high-tech industry. Many countries including a number from the EU are currently exploring the potential of deep-sea mineral resource exploitation […]

The taste of sediment

The author working with sediment cores. Photo: Kristin Hamann

by Henko de Stigter (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ) Until somebody came up with the idea of mining polymetallic nodules from the abyssal depths of the Pacific Ocean, this place was one of the remotest and quietest on our planet. Far away from the brute natural forces of storms, floods, landslides, tsunamis and […]

Take the chance / Ergreif die Chance

Ann-Kathrin Weßels helping microbiology ( Ann-Kathrin Weßels unterstützt die mikrobiologosche Arbeitsgruppe. Photos: Julia Otte

Impression of our youngest scientist (deusch s.u.) Hi, my name is Ann-Kathrin Weßels and I study Biology. I am currently working at the DZMB in Wilhelmshaven at my Bachelor Thesis. I took the chance and left daily life behind for two months for my biggest adventure so far. Thursdays 21st of march: After a brief […]