Exploring the Arctic Seafloor

  • By David Levin & Peter Tyson
  • Posted 06.01.09
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Imagine being the first person ever to lay eyes on a remote landscape or to discover life-forms that no one knew existed. That was the case on a 2007 expedition to the Gakkel Ridge, one of the mid-ocean ridges that ring the globe like stitches on a baseball. Here, see first-ever photos and video from the bottom of the top of the world and experience that "first-ever" sensation for yourself.

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Image and Video Credits

© WGBH Educational Foundation
(Oden breaking ice, CAMPER, PUMA)
© Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
(sea sponge, yellow bacteria mat, pyroclastic debris, cirrate octopus video, video of unidentified fauna at a hydrothermal vent, deep-sea shrimp video)
© Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
(Oden in ice floes video, helicopter scouting video, Oden time lapse video, rescuing PUMA video)
© Devin Ruddick, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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