Perth Canyon: First Deep Exploration

Cruise Log

SOI/University of Western Australia.

Secrets unveiled – What we have learned so far

After 12 days at sea, we are nearing the end of the first deep exploration of Perth Canyon. Although it has long been known that...

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SOI/University of Western Australia

Coral skeletons as archives of ocean change

One of the main goals of this expedition was to explore the diversity of deep sea corals in Perth Canyon and to collect a variety...

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SOI/Verena Schoepf

Perth Canyon – a marine hotspot in an ocean desert

Submarine canyons are dramatic topographic features that connect shallow continental shelves to deep ocean basins and create marine hotspots due to their unusual characteristics. They...

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SOI/ University of Western Australia

A deep-sea love story

Finding “love”, or a member of the same species to mate with, can be extremely difficult in the vast darkness of the deep sea. Many...

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SOI/ Verena Schoepf

Living at the edge – An acidifying ocean

The world’s oceans are 30% more acidic today than only 200 years ago. And by the end of this century, ocean acidity is expected to...

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SOI/ University of Western Australia

Amazing life 1600 m (1 mile) below the surface

So far during this expedition, we have only surveyed the tiniest fraction of the Perth Canyon’s walls, yet during our deepest dive, we have already...

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SOI/ University of Western Australia

A first glimpse at the diversity of life in the Perth Canyon

Using high-resolution maps produced by the multi-beam sonar over the last few nights, we were able to explore the first site within the northern section...

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SOI/Paolo Montagna and Marco Taviani

The Secret World of Deep Sea Corals

One of the main goals of the Perth Canyon research cruise is to locate and collect a variety of marine organisms that are living down...

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SOI/ Verena Schoepf

Everything You Wanted to Know About ROV Comanche

Yesterday, we sent the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) ‘Comanche’ for it’s first test dive down to 100 meters (328 ft) in Perth Canyon.  The ROV...

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Geoscience, Australia

Mysteries of Perth Canyon

Although we were able to collect the missing ROV part this morning, there is yet another obstacle to clear before we can explore the Canyon...

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SOI/Claire Ross

We’re at Sea!

The time has finally come to start our exploration of Perth Canyon and so we left dock early this morning to get a first glimpse...

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SOI/ Reuben Mills

First Impressions – Exploring RV Falkor

At last, R/V Falkor has entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in her history and is now docked at Henderson, just 35 km (22...

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SOI/ Claire Ross

Exploring the unknown – just 50 km (30 miles) away from Western Australia’s capital city

In our modern world, it is hard to imagine the times long ago when there were still white areas on our maps of the world,...

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