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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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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 […]

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Deep-sea gardening

Microscopic images. Copyright ©Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Freija Hauquier

by Dr. Freija Hauquier, Ghent University Underneath the seafloor lies an entire world of small animals crawling between the sediment grains, well hidden from the human eye at first glimpse. Yet they are numerous, diverse, and equally deserve our attention in the context of deep-sea mining. Sure, studying them requires a bit more patience than […]

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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 […]

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Der letzte Tag an Bord

Wehmütig blicke ich noch einmal aufs Wasser. Photo: Andrea Bodenbinder

Unglaublich, aber heute ist schon der letzte Tag meiner Seereise. Die vergangenen Tage sind wie im Flug vergangen. Etwas wehmütig stehe ich an der Reling und schaue über das scheinbar unendlich reichende Wasser. Morgen früh fliegen zwei weitere Wissensschaftler und ich von Aberdeen aus nach Hause, unsere Arbeit ist dann getan. Die Poseidon wird aber […]

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Ziel erreicht: Goldeneye!

Mittlerweile kennen wir den Meeresboden hier am Goldeneye ziemlich gut. Am 14.05. hatte ich von unserem Plan, die erste CTD über dem Aufbau des Experiments ins Wasser zu lassen, berichtet. In den Tagen danach wurde dieser Vorgang mehrmals wiederholt und wir konnten viele Proben sammeln. Der Blick auf die Geräte unter Wasser ist faszinierend, wie […]

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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 […]