Mission to Undersea Volcano
• Category: NewsA team of marine experts from the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) launched an expedition into the uncharted undersea waters of Greece. The scientists used a manned Thetis submersible to dive into the 450-meter-deep crater of an undersea volcano, named the Columbo Bank, off the Cycladic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Using state-of the-art technology, like the TETHYS-Gemini hybrid mass spectrometer, the HCMR team of scientists hoped to find new forms of life (micro-organisms and bacteria) capable to survive in the crater's closed eco-system. The ultra-modern technology aboard the Thetis submersible enabled the HCMR scientists for the first time to make visual observation of the never-before-seen deep-sea environment as well as to collect marine samples. After their one-week expedition to the undersea crater, the HCMR team, headed by Vangelis Papathanassiou, went on to study the geotectonic features under the seas of Greece, like the Amorgos fault line.
Posted by: Greeka.com on Apr 20, 2005