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Otherworldly Mirror Pools, New Lifeforms, and Mesmerizing Landscapes Discovered on Ocean Floor

Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor recently discovered and explored a hydrothermal field at 2,000 meters depth in the Gulf of California where towering mineral structures serve as...

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New Deep Sea Animal Discoveries Warrant Expanded Protections in Costa Rican Waters

Scientists aboard​ Schmidt Ocean Institute’s​ research vessel Falkor surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA – A...

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New Undersea Maps Lead to Hydrothermal Vent and Species Discoveries

Autonomous and interactive robotic seafloor mapping systems were used on an expedition aboard research vessel Falkor in the southern Gulf of California, leading scientists to a new hydrothermal vent field...

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Artificial Intelligence Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats Mapped onto one of the World’s Largest Multiresolution 3D Photogrammetric Reconstruction of the Seafloor

Researchers aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor used autonomous underwater robots, along with the Institute’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian, to acquire 1.3 million high resolution images of the...

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Fleet of Aerial, Surface and Underwater Robots Maps Ocean Front

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the United States after exploring the North Pacific  Subtropical front – a...

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Scientists Voyage To The White Shark Café

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Scientists are a step closer to understanding what draws white sharks each spring to the “White Shark Café”, an offshore aggregation area halfway between Mexico and...

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Deep-Sea Exploration Gives New Insight and Discoveries in Largest and Deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Scientists return on Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor after conducting underwater robotic dives in never before visited waters in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). APIA, SAMOA – Seventeen...

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New Technology Gives Insight to Ocean Color for NASA Satellites

NASA Scientists return to land on Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor after making important observations of phytoplankton with new technology to support current and future satellite observations. NEWPORT, OREGON...

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High-Resolution Mapping Reveals the Evolution of Underwater Landscapes in the Johnston Atoll

University of Hawaii researchers partner with Schmidt Ocean Institute to map 11,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor, creating detailed images of major seamounts. HONOLULU, HAWAII – In a recent...

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Unexplored Ocean Depths Bustling with Life, Despite Extreme Conditions

APRA HARBOR, GUAM – A team of leading geologists, chemists, and biologists aboard research vessel Falkor have just finished surveying the largely unexplored Mariana Back-Arc for life at depths greater...

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