OCEAN

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Surveying ocean environments

on and off planet

We partner with private firms, government agencies, and universities to advance some of the most sophisticated and powerful tools to explore the seafloor. Our marine sensing technologies identify the location, size, and composition of critical minerals by deploying never-before-offered sensing and analytics tools to the seafloor. We gather data comparing critical mineral deposits to ecosystem density informing conservation efforts and help facilitate the world’s transition to clean energy.

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The InVADER mission will send a robotic laser ~1500m below the surface of the ocean to study underwater hydrothermal vent systems at Axial Seamount off the coast of Oregon. The vents at this site generate chemical energy which can sustain life, and are high-fidelity analogues to possible vent systems on ocean worlds like Europa, Enceladus, and Titan. 

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