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A Mountainous Task

A Mountainous Task

The Galápagos archipelago is made up of 13 major volcanic islands that occupy a submerged platform rising more than three kilometers (nearly two miles) above the seafloor. During an Read More

How Far We’ve Come

How Far We've Come

On a warm spring day in 1970, Capt. Emerson Hiller sailed R/V Knorr into Woods Hole for the first time (and did a smart pirouette to demonstrate the ship’s handling). […]

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Hello and Good-bye

Hello and Good-bye

The Rio Tecolutla, formerly R/V Knorr, docked in Woods Hole for the final time last week when it returned from a training cruise with a crew of Mexican Navy personnel. Knorr was decomissioned in […]

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High and Dry

High and Dry

R/V Atlantis was in dry dock in Charleston, S.C., earlier this year for scheduled maintenance. Today, the oceanographic research vessel and support ship for the submersible Alvin is back at […]

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Tragedy Then and Now

Tragedy Then and Now

Namiwake Shrine in the city of Sendai stands in testament to the forces that have shaped the landscape, culture, and history of Japan. The shrine, whose name means “parted wave,” […]

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Bubble Lab

Bubble Lab

Scientists find ways to have a little fun amid the relentless hard work on long research cruises. Former MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Dan Ohnemus pokes his head out […]

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Wing-footed Wonders

Wing-footed Wonders

These tiny marine snails are called pteropods (“wing-foot”), or sometimes “sea butterflies,” because of their winglike swimming appendages. Pteropods are plankton that drift in the ocean, providing food for […]

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Soundscapes at Sea

Soundscapes at Sea

WHOI biologists Aran Mooney and Laela Sayigh are leading a multi-year effort to study the “soundscape” of Horseshoe Shoals in Nantucket Sound—the proposed site of one of the country’s […]

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Fish in Hot Water

Fish in Hot Water

This purple fish, Bythites hollisi, was named after Alvin pilot Ralph Hollis, who captured one in 1988 with a net held in Alvin’s manipulator arm. Bythites hollisi is […]

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Lost Lunch

Lost Lunch

In 1968Alvin flooded and sank to 5,000 ft. depth when its cradle and support cables snapped while it was being lowered into the water. All […]

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