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Advanced spatial planning models could promise new era of sustainable ocean development

Advanced spatial planning models could promise new era of sustainable ocean development

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY | 5 March 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Earth’s vast oceans brim with potential for commercial activities ranging from tourism to shipping to alternative energy, but planning for the sustainable coexistence of different and competing industries has proved a complicated task. Now, researchers led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah […]

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Rare find from the deep sea New Studies Highlight Complexity of Deep Sea Ecosystems

Rare find from the deep sea

UNIVERSITY OF BONN | 20 February 2018 Dumbo octopuses live at a depth of thousands of meters in the oceans of this world, in near-freezing water and in absolute darkness. A rare spectacle now provides further insight into this extraordinary habitat: on board a research vessel, a US scientist filmed a dumbo octopus measuring just […]

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Deep-sea fish use hydrothermal vents to incubate eggs deep sea ecosystems

Deep-sea fish use hydrothermal vents to incubate eggs

GAIL McCORMICK and NATURE RESEARCH for PENN STATE | 12 February 2018 Some deep-sea skates — cartilaginous fish related to rays and sharks — use volcanic heat emitted at hydrothermal vents to incubate their eggs, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. Because deep-sea skates have some of the longest egg incubation […]

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Seabed Mining could destroy Ecosystems

Seabed mining could destroy ecosystems

UNIVERSITY of EXETER | 22 January 2018 Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world. The deep sea (depths below 200m) covers about half of the Earth’s surface and is home to a vast range of species. Little is known […]

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New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows

New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS | 10 January 2018 Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight metres below the seabed — four times the previously observed depth for modern deep-sea life. A team of scientists from the University of Leeds and the National Oceanography Centre examined remains of deep-sea burrows in […]

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New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized

KIM FULTON-BENNETT for MBARI | 24 July 2017 An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relatively close together, these vents host very different animal communities. This finding contradicts a common scientific assumption that neighboring […]

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Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

DUKE UNIVERSITY | 26 June 2017 DURHAM, N.C. — Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists, resource economists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The experts say the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which is responsible under the […]

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Rich deep-sea fauna on polymetallic nodules targeted for mining

Download press release By JPI OCEANS | 2 June 2017 An international group of researchers from Germany (Senckenberg am Meer), Belgium (Ghent University), France (Ifremer), and Portugal (MARE/IMAR-Azores and University of Aveiro) has published their results from a recent research campaign (SO-239, March-April 2015) onboard the new German research vessel SONNE in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture […]

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Seabed Mining could destroy Ecosystems

Panel to discuss deep-sea mining at AAAS Meeting

Originally posted as Press Release By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 17 February 2017 Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also contains valuable minerals with metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, zinc, and gold, and rare-earth elements used in electronic technology like smart phones and medical imaging machines. As […]

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