Monthly Archives: August 2019

In transit to Northeast Channel

The ROVs were just secured back on deck after a successful dive to 360 m. Tonight, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will transit approximately 70 nautical miles southwest towards the Northeast Channel, the target exploration site for tomorrow’s dive. That dive … Continue reading

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ROV on seafloor at 350 m

The ROVs just reached the seafloor at a depth of 350 m. Today’s dive will explore an area predicted to be highly suitable habitat for Vazella sponges until ~16:15 EDT.

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ROV in water for dive 3

The ROVs were just deployed for dive 3 of the Deep Connections 2019 expedition. Today’s dive will explore seafloor habitats at depths down to 350 m for Vazella sponges. We anticipate reaching the seafloor ~9:30 EDT and remaining there until … Continue reading

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Approaching site for dive 3

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is approaching our target site for dive 3 of the Deep Connections 2019 expedition. We expect to deploy the ROV at ~9:00 EDT, and reach the seafloor at 350 m at ~9:15 EDT. Today’s dive will … Continue reading

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Successful Dive 2

The ROVs were just secured back on deck after a successful dive to depths of 2490 m in Verrill Canyon. Tonight, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will transit 130 nautical miles west towards our third ROV dive site of the expedition. … Continue reading

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ROV off bottom

ROV Deep Discoverer just left the seafloor at a depth of 2430 m after a successful dive to explore the geology and biology of an intriguing step-like feature inside Verrill Canyon. The ROVs will make their ascent to the surface … Continue reading

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ROV descending

The ROVs are in the water and descending to explore a unique step-like feature inside Verrill Canyon. We anticipate reaching the seafloor at a depth of 2490 m at ~11:45 EDT, and exploring the geology and biology of the area … Continue reading

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ROVs on seafloor at 2490 m in Verrill Canyon

The ROVs arrived on the seafloor at a depth of 2490 m. On today’s dive we will explore the geology and biology of a unique step-like feature inside Verrill Canyon. We will remain on the seafloor until ~ 15:00 EDT.

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On station for Dive 2

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is on station at the target site for our second dive site of the Deep Connections 2019 expedition at Verrill Steps. Weather conditions are favorable this morning, so the team is preparing to launch the ROV … Continue reading

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In route to Verrill Steps

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently in route to Verrill Steps, the target site for our second ROV dive. We expect arriving on station at 8:30 EDT. Weather conditions are currently borderline for ROV operations, but we will make a … Continue reading

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