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Press Release 14-049

Into the abyss: Scientists explore one of Earth's deepest ocean trenches

"Telepresence" capability will bring mysteries of The Deep to the computer screen

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Fish living in the deep ocean

Denizen of The Deep. NSF HADES Project scientists hope to find out what else lives in the abyss.

Credit: RSS James Cook Cruise 62


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the deep-submergence vehicle Nereus

Researchers will use the deep-submergence vehicle Nereus in their explorations.

Credit: WHOI


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Map showing major Pacific Ocean trenches and fracture zones

Major Pacific Ocean trenches (1-10) and fracture zones (11-20); Kermadec Trench is at number one.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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image of fish eating other fish

Life in trenches like the Kermadec: How do animals survive there?

Credit: Alan Jamieson, Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen


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A crustacean on the edge of the Marianas Trench

A crustacean on the edge of the Marianas Trench in the central Pacific Ocean.

Credit: Alan Jamieson, Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen


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a cusk eel of the depths of the Marianas Trench

This cusk eel shares the depths of the Marianas Trench with the crustacean in the image above.

Credit: Alan Jamieson, Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen


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