Biological, mineral and energy resources

Gas hydrates - burning ice - a possible energy resource for the future? Source: GEOMAR

The oceans offer enormous potential for new resources: natural marine substances, mineral resources, and gas hydrates on the seafloor could complement, and possibly replace, certain land-based occurrences. Comprehensive interdisciplinary investigations are required in order to enable a well-balanced assessment to be made of the potential provided by these marine resources, as well as the risks involved in their exploitation

News for topic: Marine Resources

3D seismic image of the sea floor off the east coast of New Zealand.  Clearly visible are large deposits of landslides, but also gas leaks and free gas in the sediment. Graphic image: Sebastian Krastel, University of Kiel

In fragile balance

German-New Zealand research team discovers previously unknown methane deposits while studying unstable submarine slopes

Bathymetry of a 70-kilometer long section of the rift zone in the Red Sea. In the lower right is the same section in the previous resolution. Graphics: N. Augustin, GEOMAR

The Red Sea - An Ocean Like All Others, After All

GEOMAR researchers specify models for the birth of the youngest world ocean

Visualization of a computer model. The pathways for the hydrothermal vents at a mid ocean ridge are marked clearly. The arrows indicate the movement of the Earths' plates at the plate boundaries. Graphics: J. Hasenclever, GEOMAR

How Productive are the Ore Factories in the Deep Sea?

GEOMAR scientists demonstrate in "Nature" the supply routes of black smokers