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Keeps Getting Better

December 01, 2014

Keeps Getting Better

After nearly nine months of work in Hawaii, Falkor is currently resting dry on blocks in a California shipyard. The ship is in the middle of an ambitious multi-week program that will enable a range of technological upgrades and improvements.

11,000 Meters Under the Sea – Meet Schmidt Ocean Institute’s New Landers: Part One

November 30, 2014

11,000 Meters Under the Sea – Meet Schmidt Ocean Institute’s New Landers: Part One

Get a first look at the newly built landers for use on R/V Falkor.

Exploring the Mariana Trench

November 01, 2014

Exploring the Mariana Trench

The very deepest reaches of the sea are one of the planet’s last true frontiers, mostly due to a lack of access. But the situation is finally beginning to change, and SOI is helping push the process forward.

The Mysteries of Ontong Java

October 05, 2014

The Mysteries of Ontong Java

The Ontong Java Plateau is a massive, submerged seafloor platform north of the Solomon Islands that is slightly larger than Alaska. The largest volcanic eruption in the planet’s history likely formed the plateau, but just what caused that stran

Loihi Seamount - Ironed Out

July 08, 2014

Loihi Seamount - Ironed Out

Like all good things, the Loihi Seamount excursion has come to an end. Close to two weeks onboard the R/V Falkor, and our science crew is leaving with enough data to keep them busy for the next six months. All in all, we had seven AUV Se

The Heart of Falkor

July 07, 2014

The Heart of Falkor

Most of the time when you tour a ship you see the main areas where the science gets done, the aft deck, wet lab, control room, but have you ever thought about what powers all these amazing technologies?

The best of both worlds

July 06, 2014

The best of both worlds

Another day (or night), another hydrocast. As I watch the wire disappear into the ocean, I recall K.O. Emery’s preface to his classic 1960 book The Sea Off Southern California,"An oceanographer's view of the ocean". Emery

The many gifts of AUV Sentry

July 05, 2014

The many gifts of AUV Sentry

By this point you should be intimately familiar with the star of our cruise, AUV Sentry. Sentry is primarily a survey tool, and like most Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s), Sentry’s main mission is to collect data about the ocean bottom.

The Irons of Loihi: 2+ or 3+ Redox

July 04, 2014

The Irons of Loihi: 2+ or 3+ Redox

Metals are present in our ocean, this is nothing new to us. Most metals exist in trace amounts, which means that we have one metal particle for every 100 Million water particles, and a great effort goes into measuring them.

Announcements

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. ...

Third Student Cruise Completed

To learn more about this unique series of expeditions, please visit the project page. For details about the research conducted and links to the Cruise Log and Expedition Map, please visit the cruise page. ...

Annual Reports

Our annual report provides a narrative of our research cruises aboard R/V Falkor. ...

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