Researchers discover a completely new ocean zone swimming with new species

March 21, 2018 by  
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After six years of researching the uncharted depths of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea, scientists have discovered an entirely new ocean zone called the rariphotic zone. This column of water sits 130 to 490 feet below the sea surface, where it is too dark for photosynthesis, but above the dark fathoms of the aphotic zone . Even though photosynthetic reef building isn’t happening here, the newly-designated zone is anything but barren – read on for a first glimpse at the life below. Scientists found 4,436 individual fish around Curacao Island over 80 dives – and so far they’ve named 30 new species and identified six new genera of rariphotic specialists. There will be plenty more to come, as a fifth of the fish that the researchers saw have never been identified before. The research indicates that life can exist in depths far lower than we ever thought before. Related: Scientists discover a 600-mile-long coral reef in the most unlikely place “Reef ecosystems just below the mesophotic are globally underexplored, and the conventional view based on the few studies that mention them was that mesophotic ecosystems transition directly into those of the deep sea,” said Carole Baldwin , lead researcher and director of the Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). “Our study reveals a previously unrecognized zone comprising reef vs. deep-sea fishes that links mesophotic and deep-sea ecosystems.” The research was published this week in the journal Nature . + Nature Via IFLScience Images via Nature

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Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

June 14, 2016 by  
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AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, said in press release , “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security , energy security and climate security.” Related: Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels The dock’s historic features will be both honored and updated as renovation proceeds, thanks to the mesmerizing design by Gensler . Renewable models for energy and rooftop solar fields illuminate the campus’ central themes and engage visitors in its mission. The Wharf Plaza Education Center is part of the $150 million Phase 1, where ocean exploration and sustainable solutions are at the core of the project’s vision. Other phases will include a Science Hub for oceanographic and marine biology research, where the Southern California Marine Institute will be housed, and an educational Engagement Center for visitors. + AltaSea + Gensler Via Gizmodo Images via Gensler

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Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

April 9, 2013 by  
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We’ve been following Liquid Robotics ’ solar and wave-powered robot here at Inhabitat for some time as it’s gone from tracking great white sharks and hurricanes to making a record-breaking trip across the Pacific. And now, the company just announced a new surfboard-sized robot called the SV3 that opens up a whole new world of ocean exploration. Read the rest of Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: liquid robotics , Liquid Robotics Hawaii , Liquid Robotics SV3 , ocean exploration , ocean research , solar powered ocean exploration , solar powered robot , SV3 robot , SV3 wave glider , wave glider , wave powered ocean exploration , wave powered robot        

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Filmmaker James Cameron Donates the Deepsea Challenger Submarine to Oceanographic Institution

March 27, 2013 by  
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Explorer and filmmaker James Cameron is giving the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) the submarine he used last year to reach the oceans’ deepest point . The engineering advancements of the high-tech submersible Deepsea Challenger  will be incorporated into future research platforms and ocean research expeditions of the WHOI, one of the world’s leaders in  ocean exploration . Read the rest of Filmmaker James Cameron Donates the Deepsea Challenger Submarine to Oceanographic Institution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous underwater vehicles , deep sea submarine , Deepsea Challenger submarine , high-tech submersible , James Cameron submarine , Mariana trench , ocean exploration , ocean life , ocean research , remotely operated vehicles , submarine design , Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

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