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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Tara with deployed plancton nets. On "station", the boat is drifting without engine or sails. Tara Oceans, a unique expedition: Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacterias, and as big as medusas. Our goal is to better understand planktonic ecosystems by exploring the countless species, learning about interactions among them and with their environment. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, for example the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Finally, plankton is an astonishing way of going back in time ? a prime source of fossils. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere. More than 12 fields of research are involved in the project, which will bring together an international team of oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and physicists from prestigious laboratories headed by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Galapagos
860-287450 - Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Tara with deployed plancton nets. On "station", the boat is drifting without engine or sails. Tara Oceans, a unique expedition: Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacterias, and as big as medusas. Our goal is to better understand planktonic ecosystems by exploring the countless species, learning about interactions among them and with their environment. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, for example the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Finally, plankton is an astonishing way of going back in time ? a prime source of fossils. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere. More than 12 fields of research are involved in the project, which will bring together an international team of oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and physicists from prestigious laboratories headed by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Galapagos
Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum), steal the fish from the diver, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287085 - Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum), steal the fish from the diver, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
Scuba diver hunting the Invasive lionfish, alien species (Pterois volitans) caught to feed the crocodiles, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287084 - Scuba diver hunting the Invasive lionfish, alien species (Pterois volitans) caught to feed the crocodiles, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287089 - American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
Free diver taking pictures of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287086 - Free diver taking pictures of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
Scuba diver hunting the Invasive lionfish, alien species (Pterois volitans) caught to feed the crocodiles, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287083 - Scuba diver hunting the Invasive lionfish, alien species (Pterois volitans) caught to feed the crocodiles, Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
Free diver taking pictures of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287088 - Free diver taking pictures of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
860-287087 - American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Chinchorro Banks (Biosphere Reserve), Quintana Roo, Mexico
Morning Glory Pool, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States Of America
1116-42227 - Morning Glory Pool, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States Of America
Aerial view of lakes and an esker, a ridge formed by sediment deposited during the last Ice Age, in northern Manitoba, Canada, North America
826-718 - Aerial view of lakes and an esker, a ridge formed by sediment deposited during the last Ice Age, in northern Manitoba, Canada, North America
Aerial photography of an esker, a sandy ridge formed by subglacial deposits of sediment in the last Ice Age, in Manitoba, Canada, North America
826-717 - Aerial photography of an esker, a sandy ridge formed by subglacial deposits of sediment in the last Ice Age, in Manitoba, Canada, North America
Salt basin in the disused saline, Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde, Africa
832-383463 - Salt basin in the disused saline, Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde, Africa
Laguna Baltinache at sunset, Salar de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, South America
832-383022 - Laguna Baltinache at sunset, Salar de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, South America
Travertine terrace formations, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pamukkale, Denizli Province, Aegean Region, Turkey, Asia
832-383221 - Travertine terrace formations, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pamukkale, Denizli Province, Aegean Region, Turkey, Asia
Dasht-e Kavir or Great Salt Desert, Marenjab, Maranjab, Semnan Province, Iran, Asia
832-383116 - Dasht-e Kavir or Great Salt Desert, Marenjab, Maranjab, Semnan Province, Iran, Asia
View over the Laguna Baltinache towards the Volcano Licancabur at sunset, Salar de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, South America
832-383224 - View over the Laguna Baltinache towards the Volcano Licancabur at sunset, Salar de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, South America
Tent in Dasht-e Kavir or Great Salt Desert, Marenjab, Maranjab, Semnan Province, Iran, Asia
832-383149 - Tent in Dasht-e Kavir or Great Salt Desert, Marenjab, Maranjab, Semnan Province, Iran, Asia
Child playing with a wooden board, Salinas de Maras salt pans, created by the Incas and still in operation, Pichingote, Cusco region, Andes, Peru, South America
832-383052 - Child playing with a wooden board, Salinas de Maras salt pans, created by the Incas and still in operation, Pichingote, Cusco region, Andes, Peru, South America
Locals piling up salt with a wooden board, Salinas de Maras salt pans, created by the Incas and still in operation, Pichingote, Cusco region, Andes, Peru, South America
832-382999 - Locals piling up salt with a wooden board, Salinas de Maras salt pans, created by the Incas and still in operation, Pichingote, Cusco region, Andes, Peru, South America
Morning light, first sunlight, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
832-382569 - Morning light, first sunlight, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
Morning light, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
832-382570 - Morning light, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
Lime terraces with lakes, Huanglong National Park, Sichuan Province, China, Asia
832-382612 - Lime terraces with lakes, Huanglong National Park, Sichuan Province, China, Asia
Shkopet Reservoir, Liqeni i Shkopetit, Mat River, Ulez, Qarra Dibra, Albania, Europe
832-382867 - Shkopet Reservoir, Liqeni i Shkopetit, Mat River, Ulez, Qarra Dibra, Albania, Europe
Nature photographers in Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa
832-381817 - Nature photographers in Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa
Woman with burka, geothermal area with sulphur deposits and acid salt varnishes, Dallol, Danakil Valley, Ethiopia, Africa
832-381366 - Woman with burka, geothermal area with sulphur deposits and acid salt varnishes, Dallol, Danakil Valley, Ethiopia, Africa
View of Bryce Amphitheater from Inspiration Point, coloured rock formations, fairy chimneys, morning light, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America
832-381482 - View of Bryce Amphitheater from Inspiration Point, coloured rock formations, fairy chimneys, morning light, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America
Tourists in Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa
832-381975 - Tourists in Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa
Tourists standing on the edge of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States, North America
832-382115 - Tourists standing on the edge of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States, North America
Salt extraction at Afrera Salt Lake on Lake Afrera, Danakil Valley, Ethiopia, Africa
832-381658 - Salt extraction at Afrera Salt Lake on Lake Afrera, Danakil Valley, Ethiopia, Africa
Salt mining, salt workers, Dallol, Danakil Desert, Ethiopia, Africa
832-381368 - Salt mining, salt workers, Dallol, Danakil Desert, Ethiopia, Africa
Salt mining, salt workers, Dallol, Danakil Desert, Ethiopia, Africa
832-381367 - Salt mining, salt workers, Dallol, Danakil Desert, Ethiopia, Africa
Dried salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
832-380220 - Dried salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, Altiplano, Bolivia, South America
Sulphur sediments in the thermal area of Dallol, Danakil-Senke, Ethiopia, Africa
832-380726 - Sulphur sediments in the thermal area of Dallol, Danakil-Senke, Ethiopia, Africa
Champagne Pool, hot thermal spring, Waiotapu, Waiotapu, Roturoa, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
832-380885 - Champagne Pool, hot thermal spring, Waiotapu, Waiotapu, Roturoa, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
Sunset in the salt desert Salar de Atacama, Sand dune, San Pedro de Atacama, El Loa province, Antofagasta region, Norte Grande, Chile, South America
832-380792 - Sunset in the salt desert Salar de Atacama, Sand dune, San Pedro de Atacama, El Loa province, Antofagasta region, Norte Grande, Chile, South America
Sulphur sediments in the thermal area of Dallol, Danakil-Senke, Ethiopia, Africa
832-380727 - Sulphur sediments in the thermal area of Dallol, Danakil-Senke, Ethiopia, Africa
Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
832-380829 - Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
Boardwalk over steaming ground, mineral deposits, Seltun geothermal area, Krysuvik volcanic system, Reykjanesfolkvangur conservation area, Iceland, Europe
832-380808 - Boardwalk over steaming ground, mineral deposits, Seltun geothermal area, Krysuvik volcanic system, Reykjanesfolkvangur conservation area, Iceland, Europe
Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
832-380832 - Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
832-380831 - Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
832-380830 - Champagne Pool, hot spring, Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania
Sulfur vapor, Vulcano Island, Aeolian Islands, Italy, Europe
832-381010 - Sulfur vapor, Vulcano Island, Aeolian Islands, Italy, Europe
People are bathing in the hot springs of Saturnia Therme, Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy, Europe
832-379948 - People are bathing in the hot springs of Saturnia Therme, Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Dead camel thorns (Acacia erioloba) in front of sand dunes, Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa
832-380402 - Dead camel thorns (Acacia erioloba) in front of sand dunes, Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa
Donkeys transport salt blocks from the salt mines, Assale Salt Lake, Lake Assale, Danakil Valley, Afar Region, Ethiopia, Africa
832-379576 - Donkeys transport salt blocks from the salt mines, Assale Salt Lake, Lake Assale, Danakil Valley, Afar Region, Ethiopia, Africa
Ballintoy, County Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe
1240-106 - Ballintoy, County Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe
Workers extracting river sands and gravels from a river near Mangochi, Malawi, for use in house building.
911-10929 - Workers extracting river sands and gravels from a river near Mangochi, Malawi, for use in house building.
Inca natural bridge, volcanic sediment, Mendoza district, Argentina, South America
483-1867 - Inca natural bridge, volcanic sediment, Mendoza district, Argentina, South America
Tiger snake eel on bottom, Galapagos Islands
860-284235 - Tiger snake eel on bottom, Galapagos Islands
Camouflage grouper above the sand, French Polynesia
860-285649 - Camouflage grouper above the sand, French Polynesia
Tiger shark swimming above a sandy bottom, Bahamas
860-282952 - Tiger shark swimming above a sandy bottom, Bahamas
Mediterranean Moray in seagrass, Mediterranean Sea France
860-285760 - Mediterranean Moray in seagrass, Mediterranean Sea France
Great Hammerhead Shark and divers on sandy bottom, Bahamas
860-282370 - Great Hammerhead Shark and divers on sandy bottom, Bahamas
Mantis shrimp digging itself into sand, Vanua Levu Fidji
860-282729 - Mantis shrimp digging itself into sand, Vanua Levu Fidji
Tiger shark swimming above a sandy bottom, Bahamas
860-282369 - Tiger shark swimming above a sandy bottom, Bahamas
Galapagos Gardenne Eels on bottom, Galapagos Islands
860-284236 - Galapagos Gardenne Eels on bottom, Galapagos Islands
Young Manta above the bottom
860-283628 - Young Manta above the bottom
Magnus prawn Gobys with blind shrimp cleaning burrow, Fiji
860-283389 - Magnus prawn Gobys with blind shrimp cleaning burrow, Fiji
Portrait of Squid on sandy background -Rade de Brest France
860-284431 - Portrait of Squid on sandy background -Rade de Brest France
Striped puffer pair, Fiji
860-283391 - Striped puffer pair, Fiji
Striped puffer pair, Fiji
860-283390 - Striped puffer pair, Fiji
Great Hammerhead Shark and divers on sandy bottom, Bahamas
860-282372 - Great Hammerhead Shark and divers on sandy bottom, Bahamas
Shark resting on the bottom, French Polynesia
860-285651 - Shark resting on the bottom, French Polynesia
Blacktip Reef Shark under the surface, French Polynesia
860-285627 - Blacktip Reef Shark under the surface, French Polynesia
Moontail Bullseye above the sand, French Polynesia
860-285626 - Moontail Bullseye above the sand, French Polynesia
Black Manta Ray, Dampier Strait Raja Ampat  Indonesia
860-282507 - Black Manta Ray, Dampier Strait Raja Ampat Indonesia
Mineral deposits at a hot spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
832-368092 - Mineral deposits at a hot spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Sandstone formations at Upper Antelope Canyon, Slot Canyon Arizona, USA, North America
832-375960 - Sandstone formations at Upper Antelope Canyon, Slot Canyon Arizona, USA, North America
Sandstone formation at Upper Antelope Canyon, Slot Canyon Arizona, USA, North America
832-375959 - Sandstone formation at Upper Antelope Canyon, Slot Canyon Arizona, USA, North America
Clear and sediment-laden mountain streams merging, Costa Rica
1173-4250 - Clear and sediment-laden mountain streams merging, Costa Rica
Firehole Spring in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
832-342990 - Firehole Spring in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Chromatic Spring in Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
832-342987 - Chromatic Spring in Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Svartifoss Falls, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland, Atlantic Ocean
832-346087 - Svartifoss Falls, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland, Atlantic Ocean
Menzingen, Switzerland in a famous drumlin-setting formed by glaciers during the last ice age.
832-337116 - Menzingen, Switzerland in a famous drumlin-setting formed by glaciers during the last ice age.
Hexagonal shapes, Salar de Uyuni salt flat, Altiplano, Ptosi Department, Bolivia, South America
832-326916 - Hexagonal shapes, Salar de Uyuni salt flat, Altiplano, Ptosi Department, Bolivia, South America
Uchisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
832-314320 - Uchisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
Svartifoss, "Black Waterfall, " with basalt columns, Skaftafell National Park, southeast Iceland, Iceland
832-309707 - Svartifoss, "Black Waterfall, " with basalt columns, Skaftafell National Park, southeast Iceland, Iceland
Svartifoss, "Black Waterfall, " with basalt columns, Skaftafell National Park, southeast Iceland, Iceland
832-309708 - Svartifoss, "Black Waterfall, " with basalt columns, Skaftafell National Park, southeast Iceland, Iceland
Methane clathrate gas released from bottom sediments of Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia, Eurasia
465-3078 - Methane clathrate gas released from bottom sediments of Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia, Eurasia
Soda extraction at Lake Natron, donkeys of the Maasai transport the salt slabs to the lake shore, Tanzania, Africa
832-239768 - Soda extraction at Lake Natron, donkeys of the Maasai transport the salt slabs to the lake shore, Tanzania, Africa
The Patriot Coal Corporation's Samples mine, which uses the technique of mountaintop removal to mine coal. The mountain tops are stripped away and dumped in valleys to get at the coal below. The Samples mine has been temporarily closed due to declining de
832-211923 - The Patriot Coal Corporation's Samples mine, which uses the technique of mountaintop removal to mine coal. The mountain tops are stripped away and dumped in valleys to get at the coal below. The Samples mine has been temporarily closed due to declining de
Stones of Silence, columns of sediment, called hoodoos, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah, USA
817-442916 - Stones of Silence, columns of sediment, called hoodoos, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah, USA
Salty shores of a salt lake, salt production, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, Europe
832-199923 - Salty shores of a salt lake, salt production, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, Europe
Mountain and sedimentary rocks at Cuming Inlet, Devon Island, Northwest Passage, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic
832-179378 - Mountain and sedimentary rocks at Cuming Inlet, Devon Island, Northwest Passage, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic
Typical sheep pen Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
817-437639 - Typical sheep pen Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
817-437634 - Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
Typical sheep pen Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
817-437638 - Typical sheep pen Rio Mesa canyon, Jaraba, Calatayud, Aragon, Spain
Herdubreid Table Mountain, view of the Table Mountain, pumice ashes of the Askja outbreak, Iceland, Europe
832-155546 - Herdubreid Table Mountain, view of the Table Mountain, pumice ashes of the Askja outbreak, Iceland, Europe
Stromatolites, Earth's oldest fossils, Hamelinbay, Northwest Australia
832-150715 - Stromatolites, Earth's oldest fossils, Hamelinbay, Northwest Australia
Stromatolites, Earth's oldest fossils, Hamelinbay, Northwest Australia
832-150716 - Stromatolites, Earth's oldest fossils, Hamelinbay, Northwest Australia
Morning light at the Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park, California, USA, America
832-144369 - Morning light at the Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park, California, USA, America
Geyser, Geyser Hill, Old Faithful Area, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
832-138777 - Geyser, Geyser Hill, Old Faithful Area, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
832-132999 - Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
832-132997 - Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
832-132998 - Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
832-133000 - Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
832-133003 - Limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America
Travertine terraces of Pamukkale, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Denizli, Turkey, Asia
832-120441 - Travertine terraces of Pamukkale, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Denizli, Turkey, Asia
Drainage area of New Blue Spring Terrace, limestone sinter terraces, geysers, hot springs, colorful thermophilic bacteria, microorganisms, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America, USA
832-123967 - Drainage area of New Blue Spring Terrace, limestone sinter terraces, geysers, hot springs, colorful thermophilic bacteria, microorganisms, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America, USA
Liberty Cap, extinct travertine cone geyser, Canary Spring Terrace, limestone sinter terraces, geysers, hot springs, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America, USA
832-123966 - Liberty Cap, extinct travertine cone geyser, Canary Spring Terrace, limestone sinter terraces, geysers, hot springs, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America, USA