Bathyscaphe Trieste I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?” Don Walsh one of two men to first visit the deepest point of the world’s ocean and one of only three to succeed at this responded quickly. “I found myself there for all the wrong reasons.” Don Walsh . . . → Read More: I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep
If you’re at all interested in charismatic megafauna (it’s OK, embrace the shame), then you’ve probably heard of satellite tagging before. This is the idea that you can attach a small device to some species of interest and follow its progress and know its location without actually having to be able to see it all . . . → Read More: Fishy phone home
California has been a big transition for me. I mean big. Not only am I now living in the sun-drenched utopia I have long pined for (a climate which finally meets my minimum temperature preference of 90F), but I also have leaped into to an entirely new scientific world. I think I’m becoming a microbiologist. . . . → Read More: Microbiology at Sea: A tale of ballast, vomit, and cockroaches
This week the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer has been dropping its ROV Little Hercules onto various features in the northern Gulf of Mexico, including an old wood/iron wreck, salt domes and man-made seismic trenches. Okeanos has an interesting remote arrangement where folks back on the continent can direct the ROV pilots in real time by . . . → Read More: TGIF – Pretty pictures from Okeanos Explorer
This is a time sensitive post. By the time some find it, there may be nothing showing, but right now at 1155hrs EDSL, there’s a great feed from the Little Hercules ROV at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, looking at some deep corals See more here . . . → Read More: Okeanos Explorer in the Gulf of Mexico
Image on left: Seafloor Production Tool (SPT) that will be operated at a depth of 1600 meters off the coast of Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals to extract copper and gold from high grade seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Image on Right: Computer generated Bucket-Wheel Excavator used to extract unobtanium from Pandora in James . . . → Read More: James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?
This post is co-authored by Al Dove and Craig McClain In the 1989 James Cameron sci-fi movie The Abyss, there’s a scene when Ed Harris’ character dons a special environmental suit that allows him to breathe an oxygen-laden liquid. Thus protected from the risks of crushing deep-sea pressures (no air = no voids to collapse), . . . → Read More: James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge: a scientific milestone or rich guy’s junket?
Despite the striking fact that most of the scientists that the world has ever known are alive and working today, despite the fact that this Nation¹s own scientific manpower is doubling every 12 years in a rate of growth more than three times that of our population as a whole, despite that, the vast stretches . . . → Read More: Losing Deep-Sea Science in the United States
Folks, it’s on! Some of you may know of the “race to the bottom”, a confluence of several missions aimed at returning humans to the deepest part of the oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, south of Guam. The teams include one sponsored by Richard Branson, one from Sylvia Earle’s sub company DOER, . . . → Read More: The biggest deep sea exploration news in 50 years?
7. Russian Wreck, South Egyptian Red Sea Known simply as the “Russian Wreck”, this sunken ship is thought by some to have been the Khanka, a Russian spy ship that sank sometime before 1982. Whether or not it is the carcass of the Khanka, most seem to agree that it was a communications and . . . → Read More: 10 Most Incredible Sunken Ships on Earth