Deep water ecosystems of the Eastern Mediterranean - Cruise No. M70 - September 24-December 8, 2006 - La Valletta (Malta)-Heraklion (Greece)

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    DDC:    550 Earth sciences and geology


R/V METEOR cruise No. 70 comprised four legs focusing on deep water ecosystems of the Central and Eastern Mediterranean, including cold water corals, gas seeps and fluid escape structures. For all four legs, the deep-water work with the ROV QUEST4000m formed the core of the program that was complemented by intensive biological, geological and oceanographical station work. Leg M70/1 focused on the geobiology of bathyal coral ecosystems in the central Mediterranean Sea, specifically in the Strait of Sicily, the eastern Tyrrhenian Sea, the western Ionian Sea and the southern Adriatic Sea. Legs 70/2 A and B: The two cruises aimed at gaining better understanding of selected geological and biological structures as well as the associated seep ecosystems of or in the Nile Deep Sea Fan off the Egyptian continental margin, including the use of an AUV for high resolution bathymetry. Leg M70/3: The prime objective was to decipher the key processes at cold seeps within the area of the Anaximander Mountains south of Turkey. The cruise M70 was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), and the European Commission through the FP6 IP Project HERMES Hot spot Ecosystem Research on Margins of European Seas.

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