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MBARI NEWS
March 23, 2015
>Researchers launch the Behnic Respiration System from the research vessel Western Flyer
MBARI researchers lower the Benthic Respiration System off the stern of the research vessel Western Flyer

This week MBARI researchers began the fourth leg of a three-month-long research expedition in the Gulf of California. Over the next two weeks, marine biologists led by Jim Barry will use MBARI's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts to study seafloor animals in the Gulf.


Mud billowing through equipment on ROV Doc Ricketts
These two images, taken just a few minutes apart, show the early stages of a fast-moving turbidity flow that engulfed MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts.

MBARI News Release
March 17, 2015

Exploring the deep sea, and especially submarine canyons, is a risky business. The floors of many submarine canyons are scoured by fast-moving underwater avalanches known as "turbidity currents." In 2013, MBARI‚Äôs remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts was engulfed by a turbidity current, giving researchers their first close-up view of one of these enigmatic events. The resulting video and data suggest that conceptual models and textbook descriptions of turbidity currents may need to be revised.     Read more

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