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In Full Swing

December 17, 2014

In Full Swing

On our second day perched above Challenger Deep, the expedition is in full swing. Teams are working ‘round the clock as landers are deployed. Chief Scientist Doug Bartlett and the various lab groups prepare for the incoming samples and data.

Diving In

December 16, 2014

Diving In

This morning our team woke up and found ourselves nearly over the heart of Challenger Deep—the deepest ocean trench in the world. 

Getting Into the Zone

December 15, 2014

Getting Into the Zone

The cruise now underway, James Nestor shares some thoughts on what's ahead.

Go Deep

December 14, 2014

Go Deep

The Challenger Deep is the Mount Everest of deep-sea habitats.  At nearly 11,000 meters down (almost 36,000 feet), it is the deepest seafloor crevice anywhere on Earth, and we’re on our way there.

Strong Connections

December 12, 2014

Strong Connections

Satellite internet connections have become both common and essential for research vessels, but their use can involve challenges ranging from slow connections to insufficient satellite coverage in remote regions. In an effort to minimize such issues w

At the end of the journey

December 09, 2014

At the end of the journey

Soon we head home too and that sounds really good. We have worked hard – and it was worth it! Here’s why….

Sharing the passion

December 08, 2014

Sharing the passion

Much of the upper layers of sediment on the sea floor, are often rapidly disturbed by the animals that burrow into them to protect themselves from predation or to find food.

 Where Are We, Where Are We Going

December 07, 2014

Where Are We, Where Are We Going

The multibeam sonar on Falkor has two arrays, one transmits sound waves and the other receives them after they bounce back from the sea floor.

The Deepest Living Animals

December 06, 2014

The Deepest Living Animals

Yesterday on the Falkor we successfully retrieved three landers from Sirena Deep: the Rock Grabber the Wee Trap, and baited traps with animals.

Announcements

New Species and Surprising Findings in the Mariana ...

A recent expedition to the Trench onboard Falkor found thriving communities of animals, the expedition set many new records. ...

Pre-Proposals Invited for Research on R/V Falkor ...

Schmidt Ocean Institute invites Expressions of Interest in collaborative research cruises on R/V Falkor in 2017. The target region of scientific operations will be determined based on the review of the Expressions of Interest received. ...

Loihi Seamount Expedition A Success

The expedition to the Loihi Seamount is now completed. To learn about the team's research, please visit the Iron Eaters of Loihi Seamount intro page. ...

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