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The Deep Sea - Earth's last frontier

The deep sea has been a mysterious place for the longest time, but we have made it our mission to reveal the unknown!

We are not only scientists - we are explorers.

The Centre for Deep Sea Research was established in 2021 as a result of a generous contribution from the Trond Mohn Foundation. The center carries on the competences from the former Center for Geobiology (2007-2017) and K. G. Jebsen Center for Deep Sea Research (2017-2021). The centre aims at being a leading international institution and pioneer of deep ocean research. Our research activities aim at increasing our understanding of geological evolution, biological adaptations, species diversity and potential ressources in the least studied environement on earth: The Deep Sea. The center is constituted of researchers from a broad range of disciplines working tightly together to understand the complex deep sea environments and reach our objectives.

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Hydrothermal hotspots for microbial sulfate reduction in the Norwegian Sea

Are inactive hydrothermal area really inactive? Maybe not... At least not microbiologically.

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New microbiology research shows inactive hydrothermal vents are not so ‘dead’ after all

A new microbiology study points to highly active microorganisms living on ‘dead’ chimneys long after fluid flow has ceased to supply them with traditional chemical fuels. The findings have important implications for understanding inactive hydrothermal vents of commercial interest for deep-sea mining.

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Archean beaches in Berlin: a report from the ICDP BASE sampling party

What did the surface of Earth look like more than three billion years ago? What kinds of microbes lived there and when did they start producing oxygen? And what was the temperature and composition of the ancient oceans and atmosphere? Big questions like these is what drew a group of 41 scientists to...

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Steffen Leth Jørgensen

Exploring the biosphere under the ocean

Underneath the ocean floor, thrives a vast biosphere which activity profoundly impacting our global environment; from the air that we breathe, to the balance of the global carbon budget. The functioning of this biosphere is what the new director at the Centre for Deep Sea Research at UiB, Steffen...

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The GONORTH cruise was a success!

Early August, the GONORTH cruise organised by several Norwegian institutions came to an end. On its last ROV dive, a new hydrothermal vent field, named Ultima Thule, was discovered on the Lucky Ridge!