Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Canada Joins Deep Ocean Mission

Our Oceans

Deep Ocean Blue: A photo of a Triton submersible craft, which is part of the equipment the Canadian research team is taking aboard the CCGS Hudson on its one-month research mission to better understand our oceans. The research team expects to leave Halifax for Bermuda on July 14th. This mission is part of Nekton’s XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey (July 14th to August 16th, 2016)
Photo Credit: The Canadian Press
Source: National Post

An article, by Aly Thomson, in the National Post says that Canadian researchers are part of an international team to explore the oceans, a relatively uncharted territory on our planet. We know more about the terrain of Earth’s moon and of the planet Mars than we do of our planet.

In “‘There’s so much we don’t know’: How Canadian scientists will try to solve the secrets of the deep ocean” (July 8, 2016), Thomson writes:
The water off North America’s Atlantic coast holds an ocean’s worth of untold riddles.
Now, Canada has signed on to a month-long, transnational scouting mission to try to solve some of them. Around two dozen Canadian scientists will board the CCGS Hudson in Halifax on July 14, sailing across the North Atlantic to explore the “deep ocean” — anything deeper than 1,000 m.
The Hudson will chart a long southern “transect” from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, to track marine life along the entire route. The Canadians will visit the Sargasso Sea, an ocean patch near Bermuda where all sorts of aquatic species spawn and cohabit. And they will explore a few areas of interest closer to home.
There, they will try to resolve a few key questions. How does an ecosystem of globally unique glass sponges, known as Russian Hats, sustain itself in a conservation area off Halifax? Why do bottlenose whales congregate at The Gully, an underwater canyon by Sable Island?
Why indeed? The answers to such question will contribute to a better understanding of our oceans—and their health—and thus contribute to the making of more informed political decisions on how best to protect our water resources and the marine life contained within them. There are many unanswered question, including on food scarcity (or security) and on rising sea levels. Good reasons, it would seem, to me. The health of humans in the most general sense is, after all, inextricably linked to the health of our oceans.

For more, go to [NatPost]

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