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10 years MARIA S. MERIAN, 50th expedition: Unique samples and data collected on winter cruise

The MARIA S. MERIAN on her jubilee winter expedition for the investigation of matter cycles at the seafoor of the North and Baltic Sea at the MARNET station Arkona Basin (Photo: IOW)

After 23 days at sea the MARIA S. MERIAN arrived back at her home port of Rostock on January 29, 2016. This concludes the first comprehensive winter expedition for investigating matter cycles at the sea floor of the North and Baltic Sea. Under IOW lead, 16 scientists braved harsh conditions like heavy storms, driving snow, icy temperatures, thick fog and pouring rain to get „to the bottom“ of their research issues regarding the two German seas. They tracked down seafloor life to study its winter activity, investigated, how and which substances are released from the sediment into the water, and hunted for tiny turbulences above the seabed, which play a crucial role in matter cycles, with a special high tech probe.

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