MARE specializes in recovering lost gear and equipment at sea.
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While MARE's team was at the Channel Islands in 2013 observing deep sea corals and sponges, we recovered University of South Carolina's lost sediment traps at 600 meters deep.
Scientists place these traps in the ocean to collect particles falling toward the seafloor, made up of organic matter, dead sea craters, tiny shells, dust and minerals. Analyzing the samples helps scientists understand how fast nutrients and trace elements move from the ocean surface to the deep ocean. These materials are what almost all deep-sea life uses for food (since plants can’t grow in the deep sea). Other researchers analyze the trace elements for clues about ocean circulation thousands of years ago.