Researchers Looking For New Forms of Marine Life, Clues to Deep-Sea Communities

A team of researchers, led by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, is surveying an underwater mountain chain in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean to study its biodiversity. The international research team is working aboard the 208-foot NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow as part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystem Project, or MAR-ECO. This project is one of 14 field programs that are part of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year global study of the abundance, distribution and diversity of marine life in the world’s oceans. The Census began in 2000 and seeks, by 2010, to determine what lives in the ocean and how this life has changed with time. More information about the expedition is available online.

Join Researchers Online on a Cruise to Study Plastic Debris in the Pacific

Join Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita for a voyage to the North Pacific Gyre to study plastic marine debris. This summer the research team will sail to one of the most remote regions of the ocean to study human impacts on marine ecosystems.  Students and teachers are invited to join this voyage online and receive:

• Daily updates and images from the research vessel
• The opportunity to interact with the ship’s research team and other leading researchers to ask questions and share experiences
• Lessons, activities and creative ways to integrate the experience into the classroom curriculum
• A chance to interact with students from around the world to share information, perspectives and solutions to this global issue

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