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Stalk, stalk, stalk.

— Deutscher Text folgt unten — “It’s a metal cage with a couple of cameras being dragged behind the ship, it’s pretty simple” our research group leader said, describing the OFOS (Ocean Floor Observation System), with a smirk on his face, well knowing that bringing such equipment down to the seafloor makes things get difficult […]

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The cuteness-scale

— Deutscher Text folgt unten — Since the dawn of time mankind was driven by the question “How cute is this thing?”. Countless devices were invented specifically to answer this question. Objects resembling lenses date back 4000 years ago. These early microscopes were used to determine the cuteness factor of very small objects (ref. […]

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Pebbles in deep-sea sediments

— Deutscher Text folgt unten — As described by my colleague Palash, we are collecting sediment with the Multicorer (MUC). Typical deep sea sediment is greyish-brownish, sticky mud. Like the stuff used for making pottery. Deep-sea sediment generally consists of very fine particles: carried from land into the ocean, either by rivers or by wind-blown […]

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From Data to Image

Für eine deutsche Übersetzung scrolle man fleißig Due to technical issues we were not able to upload this blog entry until just now. Nontheless, we want to post the last two interviews looking at the electro megnetic measurement as well and they will follow within the next few days. For the last step in our […]

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Beyond the seafloor

Subbbottom profiles of the PAP area

During the MSM96 METAL-ML cruise, we are collecting sub-bottom (SBP) data to a depth down to 50m from the seafloor in an effort to understand the recent sedimentological processes that control the sediment distribution inside the study area. Already from the first records, we realized that the “PAP” (Porcupine Abyssal Plain) working area has a […]

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Alter course

— Deutscher Text im Anschluss — The North Atlantic has shown us its power and beauty this week. It reminded us, that we have to follow his rules and can be grateful for the opportunities to study whenever the wind and waves allow us to do so. This week, we experienced why few research cruises […]

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The first adventure

— Deutscher Text folgt unten — As a young boy, the documentaries on the television about the extreme environments, the nature, the habitats and mysteries of the depth of the oceans always inspired me. Today, I am on the frontier of the research where all the things which I ever dreamed about, are being fulfilled. […]

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— Deutscher Text im Anschluss — Almost one week into the scientific program of the cruise we already begin to see patterns in the data that seem to support the hypothesis that we want to address here. And that despite many challenges that have kept us improvising over the past week. Immediately after leaving the […]

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Lets go!

Very early into our expedition we have already made new experiences. Both the distinguished technicians and researchers as well as the newcomers on board lived three calm days with excellent service in the quarantine hotel. That was new. We shared an afternoon “East-Frisian tea ceremony”, evening drinks and brief preparation talks virtually while waiting eagerly […]