This week we welcome two new co-leads to the Minerals working group to support DOSI’s efforts in the busy deep-sea mining space. The beautiful Tomopteris artwork that features this week, kindly provided by artist Frieda Verlage, complements a paper on the morphological adaptations of pelagic annelids from various marine environments, including the deep sea. The hadal zone gets much-needed attention in a new paper reviewing the recent advances in the geology, biology, and environment of trenches. There is an increasing focus on the small stuff, with two new papers on deep-sea microbial communities, one focused on the niche of the Red Sea deep halocline and another on tropical and subtropical communities. A cruise blog revealing a new world record-breaking depth off Japan for a coring site in the ocean received the lions share of deep-sea press coverage. There is an important survey on global deep-sea capacity which requires the attention of the deep-sea community and, with World Ocean Day a mere two weeks away, the ocean events are lining up for your attention.
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