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The lure of Lau

Why are scientists making a series of expeditions to the Lau Basin, in the South Pacific? And what are they doing there?


The science party from a research expedition to the south Pacific. Image courtesy of B. Nichols A map of the Lau Basin showing variation in depth, and locations of study sites Looking at rocks in one of the Melville's labs. Image courtesy of B. Nichols Jeff Seewald in a ship's lab. Image courtesy of B. Nichols Anna Louise Reysenbach examines test tubes containing microbes. Image courtesy of B. Nichols. A fish, two sea stars, a crab and anemones. Image courtesy of M. Tivey / W.H.O.I.
Stacy Kim and Kamille Hammerstrom do high fives. Image courtesy of B. Nichols