January 25, 2019

Breath-taking diversity

Discovering a ‘new’ species is a thrill and a privilege. The realization comes with a jolt of excitement: you may be the first person on Earth ever to set eyes on this creature! Many people never get to experience this rush…


January 24, 2019

Exploring the Costa Rican Depths with Costa Rican Eyes

Hello! I want to share part of my experience aboard the Falkor. It is not only my first time on this ship, but also my first time aboard a research vessel at all.


Why should Costa Rica study its deep marine areas?

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America: it measures 51,100 km2, but it also has a huge marine area, more than eleven times its terrestrial area: 589,683 km2, or 92% of the entire country.


January 22, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Week 2 Video

Check out this week’s #CostaRicanDeep video update to see some of the spectacular sights, as well as learn about the new tech and tools researchers are using to make these amazing discoveries.


Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: No Bone is Safe

Some of the creatures the experts have been observing seem otherworldly, even eerie. It is not unlikely that the brilliant H.R. Giger got his inspiration for the extraterrestrial monster in 1979’s Alien from the planktonic crustacean Phronima.


The Mapenduma Anticline: “Wood-chipper” erosion along a tropical thick- skin mountain belt

The island of New Guinea offers outstanding examples of just about any type of type of tectonic process you might want to see, and the Mapenduma Anticline of West Papua, the Indonesian-administered northwest half of the island of New Guinea, is no exception.


January 18, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Hiking Up

Chief Scientist Erik Cordes is happy. The work on the seepage sites along the Costa Rican margin has taken less dive time than expected, and additionally, the team has been finding multiple new species.


January 17, 2019

Alaska’s year without a summer

Two-hundred and thirty-six years ago, when General George Washington marched back into New York City as British troops were walking out, a volcano erupted in Iceland. For eight months of 1783, Laki volcano spewed lava and belched noxious fumes into the atmosphere.


January 14, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Week 1 Video

We have seen some amazing ecosystems and animal life on our first week of exploration off the coast of Costa Rica, but do you know why our team is there? Find out the details and watch some of the spectacular highlights from our ROV dives in this week’s video update.


Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Up Against

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