Grabbing the headlines this week is the news that major companies including BMW and Google are backing a moratorium on deep-sea mining. In other mining news, Greenpeace have confronted a ship in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, chartered by Deep Green, which is undertaking exploration activities and testing deep sea mining technologies for commercial mining of the deep ocean. A new paper advances assessment of cold water corals in the deep ocean, through the comparison of classification techniques for 3D reconstructions of reefs. And molecular techniques have been applied to assess cephalopod community composition in the deep-sea foraging habitat of two top predator cetaceans. Heading deeper, the hadal zone is in the spotlight – find out more about subduction trenches in a new paper, supported by a webinar from the same author “Exploring the Underworld”.
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