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Press Release 12-004

Scientists Look to Microbes to Unlock Earth's Deep Secrets

To find answers, oceanographers install observatories beneath remote seafloor

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Image of drillship JOIDES Resolution in port in Barbados just before the start of the expedition.

Drillship JOIDES Resolution in port in Barbados just before the start of the expedition.

Credit: IODP/USIO, Jennifer Magnusson


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Image of a CORK recovery tool rising up out of the ocean through the ship's moonpool.

A CORK recovery tool rises up out of the ocean through the ship's moonpool.

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Image of JOIDES Resolution crew members prepping a CORK for installation beneath the seafloor.

JOIDES Resolution crew members prep a CORK for installation beneath the seafloor.

Credit: IODP/USIO


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Image of engineer Dan Slobodzian grinding rough edges on a CORK observatory before its installation.

Engineer Dan Slobodzian grinds rough edges on a CORK observatory before its installation.

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Image of microbiologist Joe Russell examining samples in the lab onboard the JOIDES Resolution.

Microbiologist Joe Russell examines samples in the lab onboard the JOIDES Resolution.

Credit: IODP/USIO


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