13 August, 2018

Source: Phys Org 
Author: Oregon State University

Long before humans started injecting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal, the level of atmospheric CO2 rose significantly as the Earth came out of its last ice age. Many scientists have long suspected that the source of that carbon was from the deep sea.

Continue reading Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean

20 May, 2018

Source: EurekAlert!
Kumamoto University

A new species of microcrustacean (Stygiopontius ) was collected from a submarine hot spring (hydrothermal vent) of a volcanic seamount (Myojin-sho caldera) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. This crustacean group lives only around deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the central Atlantic or eastern Pacific Oceans. The new species is the first of its kind discovered in Japanese waters. Reina Senokuchi, a Kumamoto University student, was the first to make the discovery saying, “When I realized that it might be a new species, I was both delighted and very surprised. I couldn’t believe it was true.”

Continue reading Japanese student discovers new crustacean species in deep sea hydrothermal vent

26 November, 2016

Source: Deep Sea Mining Campaign

NGOs and civil society from Papua New Guinea and around the world challenge the development of regulations for deep sea mining by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Their call for a ban on this frontier industry highlights the need for debate on progressing deep sea mining when alternatives are available.

Continue reading The Sinking Titanic: International Seabed Authority and Mining the Common Heritage of Humankind