Massive coralline alga, Clathromorphum nereostratum, endemic to the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea with associated green sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus polyacanthus. Photo taken by Joe Tomoleoni as part of NSF PLR-1316141, PI: Bob S. Steneck, Univ. of Maine

Via Laser into the Past of the Oceans

23 February 2015/Kiel. Using cutting edge technologies experts of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel together with colleagues from the UK, Canada and the United States were able to reconstruct pH values of the Northern Pacific with a high resolution since the end of the 19th century...

In some regions of the oceans manganese nodules occur in vast amounts on the seafloor. Photo: Nils Brenke, CeNak

Deep-Sea Mining: What are the risks?

29 January 2015/Kiel. 50 specialists in deep-sea ecology, marine mining and deep-sea observation from 25 European research institutions met this week at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel to start the three-year research project "JPI Oceans Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining". It...

The Sahara is one of the most arid regions in the world. 9000 years ago, it was a green savannah. Details on the transition could now be reconstructed from samples obtained off the the mouth of the river Nile in the Mediterranean (yellow dot). Image Reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014,

Rapid end of the Green Sahara 8000 years ago

19 January 2015/Kiel. 9,000 years ago most of the Sahara was not the ultra-arid desert as we know it today. Due to higher precipitation it was covered by large lakes and savannah that were populated by herds of wild game. Scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Ro...

These manganese nodules, now discovered during expedition SO237 in the Atlantic, are up to 10 million years old. Photo: Thomas Walter

Looking for deep-sea animals – and finding manganese nodules

14 January 2015 / Kiel. The biology of deep-sea animals and processes of plate tectonics are actually the themes of the first expedition of the new German research vessel SONNE. Quite accidentally marine scientists and oceanographers have now encountered an occurrence of manganese nodules which may ...



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