We know very little about Seamounts: underwater mountains! “They are hard to study and they are remote. Bringing the appropriate technology – whether that be submersibles or ROVs – is not something that has been done a lot.” In the latest #BridgeOrBarrier video update, we get a lesson on why these locations are important (as … Continued
Howdy! My name is Bailey Skinner and I a am junior environmental geoscience major at Texas A&M University. When I am done with school, I would like to go into ocean conservation work, so when Dr. Roark presented this opportunity to aid him in this research on deep-sea corals, I knew it was something I … Continued
Neil McNaught is one of Falkor’s 3rd Engineers
Rising up and gaining height above the seafloor is the name of the game for sessile deep-sea animals. You can see this growth strategy below, in the glass sponge of the family Rossellidae. It has a narrow, 30cm long stalk and a bulbous top. Getting higher into the water column – even if only a … Continued
Tabachnick, K., Fromont, J., Ehrlich, H., and L. Menshenina. (2019). Hexactinellida from the Perth Canyon, Eastern Indian Ocean, with description of five new species. Zootaxa 4661(1): 047-082, doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4664.1.2.
Where is Research Vessel Falkor? Why is this area interesting? What does the current science team hope to discover? How will the results of this research be used? In this video introduction to the “Necker Ridge: Bridge or Barrier?” expedition, we answer many of the underlying questions concerning the #BridgeOrBarrier research.
For the crew, one of the many perks of working onboard Falkor (apart from the satisfaction of aiding the advancement of science) is that each expedition is unique. Every new cruise brings with it new people to meet, new science to learn, and new logistical challenges to overcome. This is something the team is completely … Continued
Chadwick, Jr., W., Rubin, K., Merle, S., Bobbitt, A., Kwasnitschka, T., and R. Embley. (2019). Recent Eruptions Between 2012 and 2018 Discovered at West Mata Submarine Volcano (NE Lau Basin, SW Pacific) and Characterized by New Ship, AUV, and ROV Data. Front. in Mar. Sci. 6:495, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00495.
In deep-sea research, it is important to recognize both where the exploration is taking place while understanding how this uncharted location came to be. Understanding the past processes that have created areas of interest help us piece together and reason current situations. In this quick video animation, we delve into how the Hawaiian archipelago formed.