My colleague and officemate, the Southern Fried Scientist, posted way back in March about his homebrew South Su Porter. South Su is a hydrothermal vent field in the western Pacific. According to SFS: “South Su Porter, designed to recreate the feeling of seeing a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. It’s a cold, smooth, dark porter, an extra . . . → Read More: TGIF-Deep Sea Beer and Southern Fried Science
From the MPA News: In June, Mexico designated its first deep sea marine protected area around two hydrothermal vent systems in the Gulf of California and the Eastern Pacific Rise. The newly designated Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary covers 1456 km2 of benthic habitat, as well as the portion of the . . . → Read More: New MPAs in Mexico protect vents, whale sharks
[googlemap lat="-37.5" lng="-110.5" width="500px" height="300px" zoom="3" type="G_HYBRID_MAP"]Pacific-Antarctic Ridge[/googlemap] Vent crabs live in the dark depths of the ocean. Previous studies have shown that the vent crab Bythograea thermydron has a reproductive cycle synchronized with Spring and Summer phytoplankton blooms 2.5 km above the East Pacific Rise. It was hypothesized that female crabs moved away from . . . → Read More: Do Vent Crabs Do It Under the Gyre?
Post by Jon Copley. Dr. Jon Copley is a lecturer in marine ecology at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. He is also director of SciConnect Limited, a company providing training in science communication and media skills. Jon is an avid deep sea explorer and studies the reproductive ecology of deep sea invertebrates, especially . . . → Read More: Sex At Vents: Lights On or Off?
Kevin described a new species today. What have you done? KZ is now among the scientifically published. Occurring this week in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington is “A new species of Alvinocaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vents at the Lau Basin, southwest Pacific, and a key to the species of . . . → Read More: Kevin Zelnio…New and Improved…Now With 30% More Shrimp!
I just sent in the proofs to a paper that will come out in the next issue of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. I won’t go into much detail till it becomes available in April, but here is a wordle to give you a clue. The species name is blacked out until . . . → Read More: New Paper Teaser
From TED… With vibrant video clips captured by submarines, David Gallo takes us to some of Earth’s darkest, most violent, toxic and beautiful habitats, the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans’ depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant. . . . → Read More: TGIF: David Gallo Discusses The Deep
In light of the workshop below, I thought you might enjoy this REPOST from DSN March 24, 2006 This is one in a series of articles about deep-sea mining, a story Craig McClain has been covering dutifully. In this piece, molten fluids are shown to pump through deep volcanic vents offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG) . . . → Read More: Vents of Gold
Journalists looking for a compelling story of greed, adventure, and science on the high seas might want to consider attending this Deep-Sea Mining Workshop at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution sponsored by ChEss (Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems), WHOI, and InterRidge, a group promoting interdisciplinary and international cooperation for ridge-crest studies. Mining the seafloor for untold . . . → Read More: Deep-Sea Mining Workshop at Wood’s Hole
Rhizocephalan overlord,Peltogaster paguri (tubular thing sticking up on the right), infecting hermit crab. Photo courtesy of Jens Hoeg, used with permission. Rhizocephala are curious creatures. They are actually in the Cirripedia, the group containing your friendly neighborhood penis-waving barnacle. They look nothing like a barnacle (in case you hadn’t noticed). We know they are . . . → Read More: LOLRhizocephalans: Plotting to Take Over the World