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Kongsberg AUV Makes Unexpected Discovery in Loch Ness Survey

April 16, 2016

Kongsberg Maritime’s UK division has uncovered the long lost model of Nessie which was used during filming of 1970’s “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”. The discovery was made during a survey of Loch Ness, led by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd and supported by The Loch Ness Project and VisitScotland. Operation Groundtruth is the first survey… Continue Reading »

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NOAA, U.S. Navy Discover USS Conestoga Wreck

March 26, 2016

NOAA and the U.S. Navy have announced the discovery of the USS Conestoga (AT 54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat disappeared with 56 officers and sailors aboard. “After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga’s disappearance… Continue Reading »

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Vasco da Gama Shipwreck Found Off Oman

March 19, 2016

Oman’s Ministry of Heritage & Culture (MHC) in cooperation with Blue Water Recoveries (BWR) of UK announced the discovery and archaeological excavation of a Portuguese East Indiaman that was part of Vasco da Gama’s 1502-1503 Armada to India. The ship, which sank in a storm in May 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah island… Continue Reading »

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SPR, Vattenfall Discover WWI German Submarine at East Anglia OWF

January 23, 2016

Whilst undertaking detailed seabed scanning for the development of wind farm projects in the East Anglia Zone, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and Vattenfall uncovered an ‘uncharted’ wreck of a WWI German submarine, missing in action since 1915. Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables’ project director for the East Anglia ONE wind farm said:“The scanning team were expecting to… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Prove Frequency of Low-Oxygen Eddies in The Atlantic

January 19, 2016

After the discovery of low-oxygen eddies in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean, some assumptions regarding biogeochemical cycles in this region now have to be rethought. Marine scientists from Kiel and Plön (Germany) have found processes within these short-lived eddies that previously were not know in the open Atlantic. These processes influence, inter alia, the… Continue Reading »

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NOAA Finds Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Off Alaska

January 9, 2016

NOAA  archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet’s most unexplored ocean regions. The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Discover New Deep-Sea Vents in Mariana Back-Arc

December 30, 2015

A team of scientists on a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor have more than doubled the number of known hydrothermal vent sites in the Mariana Back-arc region. Several momentous findings were made, including the discovery of one of the deepest vents ever found. According to Schmidt Ocean Institute, another important outcome was the discovery of… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Discover New Class of Hydrothermal System

December 26, 2015

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton have made the first discovery of a new type of hydrothermal vent system in a decade, which should help explain the long observed disconnect between the theoretical rate at which the Earth’s crust is cooling at seafloor spreading ridge flanks, and actual observations…. Continue Reading »

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Eni Discovers Gas Offshore Congo

November 7, 2015

Eni S.p.A. announced Thursday that a new discovery of gas and condensates has been made offshore Congo in the exploration prospect of Nkala Marine, located in Marine XII block. The discovery, which was realized through the Nkala Marine 1 well, could contain between 250 and 350 million barrels of oil equivalent in place, according to… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Explore Tamu Massif Origin

October 10, 2015

Schmidt Ocean Institute’s chief scientist Dr. William Sager and his team are returning to the spot of discovery of Tamu Massif, the world’s largest single volcano, to explore how it was formed. In 2013, Dr. Sager published a research which showed Tamu Massif to be the largest mountain in the Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau. Dr…. Continue Reading »

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