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Kon Tiki 2 sets sail

Two balsa rafts have sailed from Lima, Peru for the Easter Island. In six weeks the expedition will return after a trip of more than 5000 nautical miles. The rafts are equipped for full scale oceanographic research and the first attempt in our time to show how ancient mariners sailed the Pacifics.

Robots – our new underwater astronauts

Soon it may be easier to design, plan and carry out operations in deep water.

Volcano opened the ocean

A volcanic eruption deep in the mantle forewarned the start of the formation of the Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Greenland.

Unstable Atlantic can accelerate climate change

A warmer planet can destabilise an important oceanographic process in the North Atlantic called deep water formation. If deep water formation is affected, it will have a profound impact on global climate and precipitation.

Frozen in the ice - polar research then and now

Fridtjof Nansen’s bold foray into the Arctic 120 years ago is a classic tale of polar adventure and exploration. But the oceanographic information Nansen brought back continues to influence polar science today.

Creatures from the deep and cold Atlantic sea

Check out what swims around a thousand metres down off Greenland.

A ship loaded with copepods

The sweet smell of plankton envelopes researchers on deck as they haul up buckets of copepods, shrimp, algae and fish. Spring has come to the Labrador Sea. The marine science gold rush is in full swing.

Trapping carbon with iron

Iron fertilising of the oceans can make plankton draw more carbon dioxide down to the seabed for long-term storage.

Discovered three new coral reefs off the coast of mid-Norway

Three unknown coral reefs are found outside Frohavet in mid-Norway. One of the coral reefs are probably 200 meter long.

Tagging wild salmon into the deep north

The use of satellite tagging has allowed researchers to uncover many of the wild salmon's secrets.