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News from MBARI — 2005
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Feature story — 27 December 2005:
Diving beneath Antarctic icebergs

A team of scientists from MBARI's Midwater Ecology group spent December studying oceanic animals around and underneath Antarctic icebergs. Using nets, sampling bottles, and a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV), they compared the animal communities associated with the icebergs to communities in the open ocean.
^Members of the midwater ecology group used this small remotely operated vehicle to dive underneath Antarctic icebergs.

Feature story — 20 December 2005:
MBARI Researchers contribute to international report on carbon dioxide

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published their final report on methods for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide with the goal of reducing greenhouse warming of the Earth. Two MBARI scientists, Peter Brewer, and Jim Barry, worked intensively on Chapter 6 of this report, which describes the risks and potential for storing carbon dioxide in the deep ocean.
^The final IPCC report was released in December 2005.

News Release — 5 December 2005:
MBARI research highlights—AGU 2005 Fall Meeting

MBARI researchers will present more than a dozen talks and posters at the American Geophysical Union 2005 Fall Meeting in San Francisco. These talks will cover subjects ranging from the impacts of ocean acidification to the immense algal blooms that follow El Niño events.
^A rattail fish swims past an MBARI carbon dioxide experiment in Monterey Bay.

Feature story — 10 October 2005:
MBARI and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution launch new mooring off Monterey Bay

Researchers from MBARI and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently worked together to design, assemble, and launch a new research mooring off Monterey Bay. The primary goal of this project is to test a new type of mooring cable that not only anchors the mooring to the sea bottom, but also transmits data and electrical power between the surface and the deep sea.
^The buoy for the new MOOS test mooring was deployed before dawn. This allowed plenty of time for the delicate job of deploying the mooring cable before the wind picked up in the afternoon.

Feature story — 30 September 2005:
Following the trail of sand in Monterey Canyon

Each winter, storm waves sweep thousands of tons of beach sand along the coast of Monterey Bay. This sand is carried parallel to shore until it reaches Moss Landing, where it enters the head of Monterey Canyon. At that point, the fate of the sand has been less clear. However, a recent paper by MBARI geologist Charlie Paull sheds new light on the "trail of sand" in Monterey Canyon.
^The colors in this computer-generated image indicate the steepness of the seafloor in Monterey Bay. Relatively flat areas such as the meandering, sand-filled axis of the Monterey Canyon are shown in red.

Feature story — 24 August 2005:
Seafloor seismometer records clear signals of big quake

A recent analysis of earthquake waves from last December's Sumatra earthquake showed that MBARI's seabottom seismometer in Monterey Bay can provide earthquake records as clear as those from the best land-based stations.
^This image taken by ROV Ventana shows the seismometer being lowered into a plastic sleeve in the seafloor, about 1,000 meters below the surface of Monterey Bay.

Feature story — 16 August 2005:
MARS ocean observatory update—Preparing the main science node.

During the spring and summer of 2005, engineers have been working on the main "science node," a key element of the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS). After being installed on the seafloor, the science node will serve as a network hub and an electrical substation for the MARS underwater observatory.
^MBARI electronics technicians Dick Littlefield and Jose Rosal prepare the wiring for the MARS data hub and power-supply.

News Release — 7 July 2005:
Deep-sea jelly uses glowing red lures to catch fish

As successful fishermen know, if you want to catch fish, you have to use the right bait or lure. This is true even in the deep sea, where scientists recently discovered a new species of jelly that attracts fish by wiggling hundreds of glowing red lures.
^The lower half of this newly discovered siphonophore carries hundreds of pale white stinging tentacles, which are used to capture small deep-sea fish.

News Release — 9 June 2005:
"Sinkers" provide missing piece in deep-sea puzzle

One of the biggest questions in modern oceanography is how animals in the deep sea get enough to eat. After analyzing hundreds of hours of deep-sea video, Bruce Robison and his colleagues found that "sinkers"—the cast-off mucus nets of small midwater animals called larvaceans—are a significant source of food for deep-sea organisms.
^This photograph shows a close-up view of a larvacean's inner feeding net.

Feature story — 24 May 2005:
MBARI scientists and engineers describe new high-tech research tools

One of David Packard's goals when founding MBARI was to create an environment where scientists and engineers could work together to develop new cutting-edge tools for marine research. Six different examples of such collaborative and creative work are being presented this week at the 2005 Joint Assembly meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans.
^The Environmental Sample Processor (at right) can detect specific types of microscopic plants and animals in seawater by analyzing their DNA.

Feature story — 4 May 2005:
MBARI AUV completes pioneering mission to map seafloor

MBARI engineers recently launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with three sonar mapping devices on board. The mission was the culmination of three years of preparation and is part of a larger MBARI endeavor to bring high quality sonar mapping devices to the deep sea.
^Senior Research Specialist David Caress at sea with the mapping AUV on board R/V Zephyr.

Feature story — 5 April 2005:
Canyons, currents, and algal blooms

MBARI oceanographer John Ryan has spent years examining the relationships between physical and biological processes in Monterey Bay. He recently published a scientific paper describing how Monterey Canyon can influence the growth and distribution of phytoplankton (microscopic marine algae).
^This simplified diagram shows phytoplankton being concentrated by internal waves near Monterey Canyon.

Feature story — 22 February 2005:
MBARI presentations at the 2005 meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Several MBARI researchers are presenting talks and posters this week at the 2005 Aquatic Sciences Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in Salt Lake City, Utah. These presentations reflect the diversity of research in biological oceanography at MBARI.
^This benthic respirometer is one of several new oceanographic tools being described at the 2005 ASLO meeting.

Feature story — 17 February 2005:
Exploring submarine canyons and underwater landslides in Southern California

This February, MBARI geologists are using the research vessel Western Flyer and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon to explore several submarine canyons and undersea landslides off the Southern California coast. They are looking for signs of recent change and trying to understand how often such changes occur.
^Close up view of the large underwater landslide near Santa Barbara. MBARI geologists are investigating the possibility that additional failures could occur to the west (left) of this slide.

Feature story — 10 February 2005:
When is a cold seep not a cold seep?

MBARI geologist Charles Paull was one of the first scientists to study and name "cold-seep communities." However, after studying several hundred of these communities in Monterey Bay, Paull has concluded that few are located in areas of significant groundwater flow.
^This photograph shows tubeworms and anemones growing on the wall of Monterey Canyon. Vestimentiferan tubeworms have historically been considered indicators of areas where methane or hydrogen sulfide are seeping out of the seafloor.

Last updated: Apr. 22, 2009