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Construction of World's Most Advanced Deep-diving Robotic VehicleWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 06 Dec 2013
Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) has begun working with the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to design and build the worlds most advanced robotic undersea research vehicle for use on SOIs ship Falkor. The new vehicle will be capable of operating in the deepest known trenches on the planet, including the nearly 11,000-meter-deep Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from miningEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A new paper describes the expert-driven systematic conservation planning process applied to inform science-based recommendations to the International Seabed Authority for a system of deep-sea marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem function in an abyssal Pacific region targeted for nodule mining (e.g. the Clarion-Clipperton fracture zone, CCZ).
Labour split on deep sea drillingNew Zealand Herald | 28 Nov 2013
Shane Jones' comments in support of Anadarko's deep sea oil drilling has left Labour Deputy Leader David Parker scrambling to reconcile his outspoken economic development spokesman's views with the opposition voiced by MPs Mackey and Phil Twyford.
Feast and famine on the abyssal plainEurekAlert | 11 Nov 2013
Marine biologists have long been puzzled by the fact that marine snow does not supply enough food to support all the animals and microbes living in deep-sea sediments. A new paper by MBARI researcher Ken Smith and his colleagues shows that blooms of algae or animals near the sea surface can deliver as much food to deep-sea organisms as would normally arrive over years or even decades.
Methane-munching microorganisms meddle with metalsEurekAlert | 11 Nov 2013
(Georgia Institute of Technology) A pair of microbes on the ocean floor "eats" methane in a unique way, and a new study provides insights into their surprising nutritional requirements. Learning how these methane-munching organisms make a living in these extreme environments could provide clues about how the deep-sea environment might change in a warming world.
Europêche welcomes deep-sea compromiseWorld Fishing | 06 Nov 2013
The European deep-sea fishing industry has welcomed this week's vote in the European Parliaments Fisheries Committee on a regulation concerning deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic.
Trench gives up its secretsNew Zealand Herald | 04 Nov 2013
Forget all that creaking and groaning of stressed metal as the pressure of millions of tonnes of water comes to bear. That's pure Hollywood. It's actually dead quiet as you descend thousands of metres into the ocean's deepest trenches.
Deep-sea fishing regulations and a crucial European voteGuardian Unlimited | 03 Nov 2013
The fates of some of our oldest and most mysterious natural treasures will hang in the balance tomorrow as members of the European Parliament's committee on fisheries vote on a future deep-sea fishing regulation for the northeast Atlantic. It is a game-changing moment for the deep ocean.
Is global heating hiding out in the oceans?EurekAlert | 01 Nov 2013
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) In a reconstruction of Pacific Ocean temperatures in the last 10,000 years, researchers have found that its middle depths have warmed 15 times faster in the last 60 years than they did during apparent natural warming cycles in the previous 10,000.
Global warming as viewed from the deep oceanEurekAlert | 01 Nov 2013
(Rutgers University) Yair Rosenthal of Rutgers, Braddock Linsley of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Delia W. Oppo of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, used the shells of tiny single-celled, bottom-dwelling foraminifera found in sediment cores to reconstruct the Pacific Ocean's heat content over the last 10,000 years. Their paper has been published in Science.
Blow-up over oil blowout studyNew Zealand Herald | 23 Oct 2013
New oil spill models have depicted the dramatic impact deep-sea blowouts would have on New Zealand, spreading across our most important fishing ground and hitting Auckland's iconic west coast beaches.
Methane seeps of the deep sea: A bacteria feast for lithodid crabsEurekAlert | 08 Oct 2013
(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) Cold seeps are the basis for a surprising diversity in the desert-like deep sea. Off the coast of Costa Rica, an international team of scientists documented lithodid crabs of the genus Paralomis sp. grazing bacterial mats at a methane seep.
Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spillEurekAlert | 26 Sep 2013
(University of Nevada, Reno) The deep-sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010's Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill's impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online scientific journal PLoS One.
Harshest Habitats on EarthWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 26 Sep 2013
As the remotely operated vehicle Jason approached the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, its cameras relayed an eerie scene back to the research vessel Atlantis. It looked like a dark lake on the seafloor. Jason was giving scientists their first clear look at a Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basin, or DHAB (dee-hab).
Deep-ocean carbon sinksEurekAlert | 06 Sep 2013
(University of Iowa) Although microbes that live in the so-called "dark ocean"-- below a depth of some 600 feet where light doesn't penetrate-- may not absorb enough carbon to curtail global warming, they do absorb considerable amounts of carbon and merit further study, according to a University of Iowa study.