Volume 32 | Number 1 | March 2019
SUPPLEMENT • New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration:
The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2018 Field Season
On the Cover: A bustling community of shrimp and squat lobsters in a towering city of glass sponges and soft corals (Pinulasma nov. sp. and Parastenella cf ramosa). This delicate deep-sea metropolis, affectionately nicknamed "Spongetopia," was discovered in July 2018 on the summit of Explorer Seamount in the Northeast Pacific. Explorer is Canada’s largest underwater volcano and one of 40+ seamounts located in the proposed Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area. Image credit: D. Fornari (WHOI-MISO Facility), Northeast Pacific Seamount Expedition partners, and OET
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About the Supplement
New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2018 Field Season is the ninth consecutive supplement on ocean exploration to accompany Oceanography. These booklets provide details about the innovative technologies deployed to investigate the seafloor and water column and explain how telepresence can both convey the excitement of ocean exploration to global audiences and allow scientists as well as the public on shore to participate in expeditions in real time. The supplements also describe the variety of educational programs the Ocean Exploration Trust, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute support in conjunction with schools, museums, visitors centers, and aquariums, as well as internships that bring high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, teachers, and artists on board ships. Through these supplements, we have explored the geology, chemistry, biology, and archaeology of parts of the global ocean and seas. We hope you enjoy this booklet and share it widely.
Raineault, N.A., and J. Flanders, eds. 2019. New frontiers in ocean exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2018 field season. Oceanography 32(1), supplement, 150 pp., https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.supplement.01.
Supplement Guest Editors
Nicole A. Raineault, Ocean Exploration Trust
Joanne Flanders, NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research