Expanding Mariana Trench Perspectives

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Bethany Kolody

There and Back Again

All too soon, the R/V Falkor is again docked in the crystal blue waters of Guam harbor. It seems like weeks have gone by since we were...

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Cynthia Matzke

Things That Go Boom in the Deep

The steam back to Guam is bumpy and never-ending. I might be a little seasick, or the hectic pace of the cruise and pre-cruise preparations...

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Cynthia Matzke

Christmas Comes Early on Falkor

After a few whirlwind days of heavy seas — and the heavier loss of two prized landers — Chief Scientist Doug Bartlett’s team scored a big win...

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Cynthia Matzke

Decoding the Secrets in Trench Water

I am on this expedition to collect seawater. Before the trip, when I told people that was going to be my mission, they usually responded...

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Cynthia Matzke

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...

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Allison MIller

Diving In

I’m glad to report we’ve made it. This morning our team woke up and found ourselves nearly over the heart of Challenger Deep—the deepest ocean...

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Cynthia Matzke

Getting Into the Zone

Imagine you’re looking at the world’s tallest mountains on a three-dimensional topographical map—the kind that lets you see and feel changes in elevation. You can...

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Cynthia Matzke

Go Deep: The Start of a Great Adventure

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...

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Doug Bartlett

Expanding Mariana Trench Perspectives

In December, Falkor returned to the Mariana Trench for research that complemented the November expedition, and built on work that began during explorer and director James Cameron’s 2012...

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