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This site shall promote the international seaLab 2010 initative. seaLab X is a modular autonomous deep-sea experimentation platform and laboratory with the following five modules:

Climate Module

  • The role of the oceans as carbon dioxide sink is far from understood. The current climate models are lacking crucial information about the carbon cycle in the deep see. Continuous measurements over the oceans cross section shall provide a more detailed picture.

Deap-sea Ecology Module

  • Very little is known about the bizarre deep sea world with their fascinating organisms. Long term investigations shall give more insight in this world hidden in the dark.

Physics and Material Science Module

  • With pressures up to 3GPa is there an interesting experimentation field for large scale high-pressure physics and material science otherwise only with very special instrumentation in small volumes possible.

High Pressure Chemistry Module

  • Large scale, long time high pressure (up to 3GPa) reaction chambers in the deep sea.
  • Fully automated experimentation and analysis in a closed system underwater lab.
  • Direct exploration of high pressure chemistry without the need of hight pressure facilities (with all their issues).
  • Exploring energy sources (heat and chemical) from hydrothermal vents (black smokers or lost city type).
  • High throughput chemistry for the investigation of new substance classes in the material science, catalysis technique and pharmaceutical industry.

Prebiotic Chemistry Module

  • Condensation reactions leading to larger compounds for potential building blocks for simple organisms are more favoured under high-pressure. Black smokers or lost-city hydrothermal vents are potential places for the first ecologies on earth. Very little is know about the mechanisms of condensation reactions in the high-pressure environment.

seaLab X's naming shall draw associations to "skyLab". It shall express that we still need to explore our own planet better than wasting billions of dollars for international prestige research projects. The costs of a deep sea exploration is in orders of magnitiude less, but the technological outcome and knowledge improvement equally high.

Potential of the technology

  • new synthetic and analytical strategies
  • design of new instrumentation
  • extreme condition chemistry and material science
  • rough test environment for robotics and lab on chip ideas
  • improvement of climate models
  • insight into the deep sea ecology

Contact

If you are interested in aiding the coordination or contributing with a project, please contact

mark [a.t] ismeralda [d.o.t] org

Thank You very much for Your interest !

Mark Doerr, Project Coordinator

 
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