The AURORA and LUMIWAN expeditions explored the margins and interior basins of the South-East Asian archipelagoes
A large pockmark has been discovered in 2000 near the Congo canyon in the deep Gulf of Guinea. This particular geological structure results from the natural release of methane on the deep seabed. The methane sustains original ecosystems, called cold-seep ecosystems, in the deep sea.
As part of the Total Foundation's support to research and education programmes to document and conserve marine biodiversity, the MAINBAZA expedition explored the continental margin off of Mozambique on board the Spanish vessel Vizconde de Eza. The expedition was a joint venture of the French National Museum of Natural History and of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
The international research team of the RENEWZ project, including team leaders A. Baco (WHOI) and A. Rowdan (NIWA), and co PIs Lisa Levin (SIO) and Craig Smith (UH), have observed, for the first time, the deep-sea communities living around methane seeps off New Zealand's east coast. The cruise on board R/V Tangaroa was an exploratory and investigation expedition funded by NOAA OE and NIWA.