Error loading player: No playable sources foundOver thirteen thousand feet below the surface, hundred-foot hydrothermal vents spew black, 690 degree fluid like chimneys from the ocean floor.Tiny crabs, shrimp and limpets scuttle beneath the smokestacks, and a remotely-operated vehicle named SuBastian went down there recently to join them.After locating a new set of hydrothermal vents in a region called the Mariana Back-Arc near the Mariana Trench in 2015, scientists returned with a probe developed by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, called SuBastian, in 2016.Scientists operated the remotely operated vehicle ROV from aboard their ship, Falkor, which collected data and live-streamed the expedition this past December.The Back-Arc region contains chimneys up to 100 feet tall and teems with life including shrimp, crabs, and lobster, according to a recent press release from the Schmidt Ocean Institute in Palo Alto, California.
A spectacular new hydrothermal vent field, named JaichMatt, has been discovered during an expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor.The vents were identified using Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution's (MBARI) Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle to conduct exploratory seafloor surveys with one meter lateral resolution.Simultaneously, MBARI's new Low Altitude Survey System was used from Schmidt Ocean Institute's remotely operated vehicle SuBastian to map the previously discovered Auka Vent field at centimeter scale resolution using co-located multibeam sonar, scanning laser Lidar, and stereo photography.The biological communities and the geological and geochemical characteristics of these vent fields were then explored and sampled using ROV SuBastian.Robert Zierenberg from University of California Davis, Victoria Orphan from California Institute of Technology, and David Caress from MBARI, along with scientists from Oregon State University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, demonstrated the multi-disciplinary use of submarine robotics while investigating an area of unique geologic activity where submarine volcanism in heavily sedimented basins results in high temperature venting with unusual chemistry and geology.The nested-scale mapping approach allowed the team to efficiently progress from large scale exploratory seafloor coverage to precision targeted sampling on and around the vents.
The deep sea is a strange and scary place, being one of the last great unexplored habitats on our planet.But technology is developing that lets us glimpse the bottom of the ocean and even listen to its sounds.Now a team from the Schmidt Ocean Institute in Palo Alto, California, have shared remarkable images from their expeditions to the depths.The research vessel Falkor was sent out off the coast of Costa Rica to collect information about deep sea ecosystems, looking in particular at natural gas seeps and other areas which host specialized biological communities.The team look at life of all sizes, from tiny microbes to full sized fish and corals, and found a delicate balance between creatures of all kinds.They found at least four new species of deep-sea corals, as well as new animals that scientists had not observed before.
The research vessel Falkor has recently completed a three-week mission off the coast of Costa Rica, during which it gathered data, discovered new species, and took more incredible pictures of the life at the ocean floor.Falkor is an oceanographic research vessel operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute that deploys remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).The first mission of 2019, led by Erik Cordes at Temple University, explored a chain of sea mounts in the Pacific Ocean between the Cocos Islands and Costa Rica, and collected samples with the ROV SuBastian.The team discovered four new species of coral and six new animals, according to a press release.Animals living in this deep, alien world rely on the seepage of chemicals like methane into the seawater from the ocean floor.The scientists took a holistic approach to the research, studying the relationships between the different species in the habitat, from fish down to microbes.
Thanks to some enterprising underwater explorers, I am now a firm believer that the sea floor contains portals to a Stranger Things-esque Upside Down.A team of researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute have been spending their days exploring the depths of the Gulf of California as part of the "Microbial Mysteries" expedition.Over the past month, the team has been sampling the area, snapping video from about 1.2 miles (approx.In that time they've gathered data to detail the microbial communities and metabolism of the deep and gain a better understanding of how microbes live around hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.In the alien, extreme environment of the deep, it's remarkable to see life thriving and using the nutrient-rich vents and seeps to keep themselves alive.But it was another geological formation, caused by an underwater volcano, that offered the biggest surprise.
Scientists have discovered a strange and mesmerizingly beautiful space thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.The otherworldly ecosystem features 75-foot towers containing volcanic flanges that create the illusion of looking at a mirror when one observes the super-hot hydrothermal fluids beneath them.The gorgeous visuals provide a rare window into a world that looks like something cooked up by James Cameron for the "Avatar" sequels.Scientists aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor made the discovery during an expedition to study hydrothermal and gas plumes more than 6,500 feet below the surface of the ocean in the Gulf of California.RUSSIAN ROCKET EN ROUTE TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO DELIVER SUPPLIES TO ASTRONAUTS"We discovered remarkable towers where every surface was occupied by some type of life," Mandy Joyce, a marine scientist from the University of Georgia, said in a statement.
Scientists researching the microbial life on volcanic vents uncovered more incredible ocean landscapes from the seafloor off the coast of California.An international team, led by University of Georgia associate professor Samantha Joye, set out to explore sites in both the northern and southern Gulf of California, analysing how microorganisms live in the hot waters by the the vents.These images come from the ROV SuBastian, a remotely operated sub that can take samples and image the area around these vents, operated from the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel, Falkor.“We discovered remarkable towers where every surface was occupied by some type of life.The vibrant colors found on the ‘living rocks’ was striking, and reflects a diversity in biological composition as well as mineral distributions,” Joye said in a news release.The scientists are collecting microbes and analysing their DNA from the boat using handheld sequencers, according to the Schmidt Ocean Institute website, then switching to more advanced equipment on shore.
In the Gulf of California, Mexico, a team of researchers dove deep and found a series of venting mineral towers.These towers were up to 10 meters across, 23 meters tall, and were “teeming with biodiversity and potentially novel fauna.” And they were colorful – so very colorful.The most shocking part about this situation is the fact that these same spots were visited a decade ago and none of what we see here was there – it’s all new!Large amounts of new hydrothermal venting popped up in the past 10 years, providing for an ever-changing underwater landscape in the area.The team aimed to “identify and quantify habitat-specific microbial populations,” and BOY did they find their fill.“This is an amazing natural laboratory to document incredible organisms and better understand how they survive in extremely challenging environments,” said Dr. Mandy Joye (University of Georgia).
(Schmidt Ocean Institute) Schmidt Marine Technology Partners announced today the winners of the inaugural Coastal Pollution Challenge, created to support the development of innovative solutions to reduce nutrient pollution plaguing the globe's waterways. The winners are three start-up companies and a university.
The elusive, dainty and cute catshark comes out of hiding for a Schmidt Ocean expedition.
The enormous detached underwater structure, located in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is the first such discovery in a century.
(Schmidt Ocean Institute) Building off a groundbreaking 2017 expedition, a follow-up expedition in the Phoenix Islands Archipelago enabled the largest collection of microbial cultures from the central Pacific Ocean and the most comprehensive study of deep sea coral and sponge ecosystems in this part of the world.
Images of the rarely seen denizen of the deep were snapped near remote islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Images of the transparent wonder were taken on a recent expedition in the Pacific Ocean.
The transparent wonder was observed by the Schmidt Ocean Institute during a recent expedition to the Phoenix Islands.
An almost completely transparent “glass octopus” was sighted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last month by marine scientists on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor.