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Superheated hydrothermal fluid flows upwards from an underwater volcano 2000m below the Gulf of California, Mexico (Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Scientists Find New Hydrothermal Field

mineral structures serve as biological hotspots for life. These newly discovered geological formations feature upside down ‘mirror-like flanges’ that act as pooling sites for discharged fluids.While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments, Dr. Mandy Joye (University of Georgia), and her interdisciplinary research team discovered large venting mineral towers that reach up to 23 meters in height and 10 meters across. These towers featured numerous volcanic flanges that create the illusion of looking at a mirror when observing the superheated (366ºC) hydrothermal fluids

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Offshore Pipeline Market to Grow 6.5%

period.The region is expected to have around 12,500 km of offshore pipelines addition in the upcoming years.The region is expected to increase its 70% demand in the next 15 years.Moreover, the region has offshore pipeline addition for around 12,500km during the forecast period.Countries such as Russia, Georgia, and Ukarine are likely to drive the growth of the offshore pipeline market during the forecast period.The major players in the global offshore pipeline market, are Saipem (Italy), Subsea 7 (UK), McDermott (US), Sapura (Malaysia), Wood Group (UK), Technip (UK), Fugro (Netherlands), Atteris (Australia)

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University

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Vietnam Beach Awash with Tide of Blue Waste

dry shrimp between the mounds of plastic waste on the beach."When they finish they just throw the bags into the ocean. The trash floats to wherever the sea level rises," she said.Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally, a 2015 study by the University of Georgia showed.Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.The latest example was a pilot whale that died in Thailand with some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish found in its

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Paul Allen’s Crew Finds Another Historic Shipwreck

three significant battles during the Solomon Islands campaign before being sunk by Japanese torpedoes on July 6, 1943, during the Battle of Kula Gulf. All but 168 of Helena’s 900 crew survived the sinking and eventual rescue.Allen's team found the wreck 860 meters below the surface in the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands.The Petrel crew, who found USS Helena in late March, has discovered more than a dozen other lost naval ships, including the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Cooper, USS Lexington, USS Juneau and several Japanese warships.“We do these missions as testament

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

Zinke told Reuters at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. Governors from across the West Coast and much of the East Coast are meeting with the Interior and objecting to areas off their states for drilling. State discussions could last through year end.   So far, officials in Alaska, Maine, Georgia and U.S Gulf Coast states other than Florida have said they were open to expanding drilling. California and other states have said they would deny needed permits for onshore services or transport.   "You can't bring energy ashore unless you have access to state waters," Zinke said

Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering

in applied marine physics from the University of Miami and a B.S. in physics from Siena College. He received an executive education from the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School; the Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He also sits on the boards of Endeavor Robotics (former iRobot Defense and Security Group) and the Harvard Business School Association of Boston

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

outside of an octagon.   Cornell University took this year's top prize of $4,500. Far Eastern Federal University from Russia won second prize and $4,000, and National University of Singapore placed third for $3,000. Earning fourth place and $2,000 was Harbin Engineering University from China. Georgia Institute of Technology rounded out the top five, taking home $1,000.    Smaller awards of $1,500 and $1,000 in specially judged categories went to Cornell University, San Diego State University, University of Puerto Rico at Myaguez, McGill University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Deepwater Atlantic Habitats Study Commissioned

, Inc. said it has been awarded an interagency five year, multimillion dollar study focusing on the exploration and investigation of deepwater biological communities located in U.S. federal waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, potentially including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   The study, entitled “Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II: Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon and Seep Communities,” is being funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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How Does Ocean Circulation Impact Marine Protected Areas?

preservation, to restore damaged ecosystems, and also to improve fisheries by maintaining spawning stocks that can ‘seed’ adjacent ocean areas.   The U.K. Government is in the process of establishing a number of MPAs, including; four large reserves around Pitcairn Island, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Ascension Island and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) at the Chagos Archipelago.   Although remote from human population centers, ocean circulation may connect these MPAs to sources of pollution – impacting how effective they can be.   To

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Young Innovators to Compete in Underwater Robotics

Next month, more than 1,500 students, teachers, coaches/chaperones, family, friends, volunteers, judges, invited guests, speakers and committee members will gather in Atlanta for a fun weekend of learning, sharing, competing and excitement. The Seventh National SeaPerch Challenge, hosted this year by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), will take place May 20, 2017. On the line will be the title of National SeaPerch Champion with additional trophies being awarded in all three competition events, as well as special awards in a variety of categories.    More than 200 middle and high school

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