Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats

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Christina Kellogg is at sea April 9-30, 2019, as part of the #DeepSearch team on the NOAA ship Ron Brown with the Jason ROV. The team is collecting samples to research deep-sea coral, canyon, and seep environments off of the Southeastern United States.

Cheryl Morrison and Christina Kellogg collect water from the two Niskin bottles after they were removed from the ROV post-dive

Cheryl Morrison and Christina Kellogg collect water from the two Niskin bottles after they were removed from the ROV post-dive. (Credit: DEEP SEARCH 2019 - BOEM. Public domain.)

USGS scientists, along with partners from NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), are currently aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown collecting baseline information about deepwater habitats offshore of the U.S. Mid- and South Atlantic coasts.

The expedition is part of the 4.5-year BOEM-USGS-NOAA Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats (DEEP SEARCH) interagency project.

During the 22-day expedition, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason will be used to explore and sample seafloor environments, complemented by additional shipboard operations including multibeam mapping, multicore collections, and CTD casts.

Learn more about the cruise, including mission logs at https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/19deepsearch/welcome.html.

 

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