Scientific cruise to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
On the 10th of March 2015, Prof. Ann Vanreusel and PhD candidate Lara Macheriotou boarded the new RV SONNE in Panama city. The vessel will take them to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the central Pacific, currently the largest known reserve of polymetallic nodules which are rounded accretions of several commercially important metals and rare earth elements (REE) such as nickel, copper, and cobalt. The project falls under the JPI Oceans Initiative on the ecological impacts of deep-sea mining. During this 2 month-long cruise, sediment cores will be collected from the area which will be analyzed within the framework of Lara's PhD describing nematode diversity and connectivity in the CCFZ using morphological and molecular methods. We wish them a successful trip and smooth sailing!