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NDSF operates a fleet of underwater vehicles that enables the oceanographic community to explore, sample, and map the deep ocean and to meet the needs of a changing research landscape.
A 3-person research submersible capable of reaching 4500 meters depth and of supporting custom sensors and samplers. The Alvin Team delivers reliability built from nearly 5,000 successful dives.
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Continuing work started earlier in 2019, the Sylvan Geomicrobiology Lab from Texas A&M returns to 9°50’N on the East Pacific Rise with Alvin and Sentry to study organisms that live in hydrothermal vent ecosystems and the surrounding seafloor terrain. Follow along on the cruise blog. Read more about the research project.Read the article
A University of Delaware study lead by Emily Estes and using samples collected on an Alvin expedition finds direct links between old carbon, graphite, and seafloor hydrothermal vents.Read the article
Geologist Michael Perfit has taken about 40 dives in HOV Alvin. Read his account of a day at work underwater published in The Conversation.Read the article
Read Gizmodo’s reporting on a paper published this month in Nature Communications that used samples collected on a 2017 Alvin mission to the East Pacific Rise 9° 50′ N vent field in the Pacific Ocean. “What’s great about Alvin is that you can be down there with the vent, get direct samples, and see everything in…Read the article
The Sentry Team and deck crew on the research vessel Atlantis had to move quickly in order to launch the autonomous underwater vehicle between squalls off the West Coast recently. Sentry was participating in the University of Washington-led Pythias Oasis expedition funded by the National Science Foundation to map a seafloor fluid “seep” named after the Greek oracle at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi built…Read the article