Dr. John Jamieson, a marine geologist from Memorial University, led a multidisciplinary team of 24 scientists from Canada, the U.S., and Japan on a five-week expedition aboard the R/V Falkor (too) to the Galapagos Islands. Sponsored by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the team aimed to test the interferometric synthetic aperture sonar (InSAS) system, a technology developed by Kraken Robotics. This advanced sonar technology provides detailed acoustic images of the seafloor. The team mapped three hydrothermally active areas along the eastern Galapagos spreading centre, discovering a new hydrothermal vent field named "Tortugas." Samples collected, including 104 animal samples and 108 rock samples, will be analyzed post-expedition. Additionally, over 50 terabytes of underwater video and mapping data were recorded, offering insights into the region's marine environment. The expedition showcased the success of the technology and collaborative efforts in deep-sea exploration.
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