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Expedition L'ATALANTE 2007/2008 with N/O L'ATALANTE: HYDROMAR V & MARSouth IV

Chief Scientists: Dr. Sven Petersen (GEOMAR) (1st leg) and Prof. Dr. Colin Devey (GEOMAR) (2nd leg)

The two expeditions HYDROMAR V and MARSouth IV took place between the 27th of November, 2007 and the 2nd of February, 2008 on the French research vessel N/O L'ATALANTE. The first leg led from Toulon (France) to the hydrothermally active vent field Logatchev and hence to Recife (Brasil). The 2nd leg took place between Recife, they hydrothermal Soufth field and finally to Dakar (Senegal). Both expeditions were conducted within the framework of the SPP1144 "From Mantle to Ocean".

ROV KIEL 6000 was one of the main tools and its tasks during the 1st leg (HYDROMAR V) included the deployment and recovery of autonoumous scientific instruments (e.g. OBAs, OBTs and OBPs) at the seafloor: Those instruments installed at the seafloor were intended to conduct long-term measurements. During MARSouth IV the main task of ROV KIEL 6000 was to take specific samples at and in the vicinity of Black Smokers.

In total, 22 scientific dives were conducted in water depths of around 3000 m.

Publications to which ROV KIEL 6000 contributed: ATA-1 and ATA-2
Photos (unless otherwise noted): ROV-Team GEOMAR; for enquiries on utilisation of image material please contact Public Relations Dept GEOMAR or Dr. Friedrich Abegg .



    Scientific Head 

    Dr. Friedrich Abegg
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2134
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: fabegg(at)   

    Technical Head

    Martin Pieper (Dipl. Ing.)
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-1688
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: mpieper(at) 

    Scientific Advisor

    Prof. Dr.Colin Devey
    FB4: Dynamics of the Ocean Floor
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2257
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2924
    E-mail: cdevey(at)