Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition: Background Essays
From March to April 2012, a team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore will conduct exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
The exploratory mission of EX1202 Leg II is to investigate the biogeographic differences, that is, the suggested theory that species living in the deep DeSoto Canyon area are distinct from other species in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Okeanos Explorer is purely on a mission of science and knowledge; one that seeks to better understand the diversity of the undersea environment and improve our ability to serve as its stewards and protectors.
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, determining the types and extents of damage to the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico is a high priority.
At planned dive sites along the southern portion of the West Florida Escarpment, the dynamic positioning system cannot always beat all the forces of a unique current system, the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current.
The northern Gulf of Mexico is well known to contain a large number of naturally occurring gas seeps, the presence of which have been inferred from seismic data, satellite remote sensing of oil slicks, and single beam echo sounder data.
Sign up for the Ocean Explorer E-mail Update List.