The team of the Interoceanmetal’s dedicated scientists is preparing for the next prospecting cruise which will be held in our area of exploration in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. The scope of the work comprises boxcorer smapling on several dozen nodule stations, photo and side-scan sonar profiling, picking a big sample of nodules for enlarged laboratory tests of metallurgical processing. A special attention will be given the biological baseline studies and species recognition. Samples will be preserved for the genetic code analysis later in land laboratories.
The cruise is scheduled for April and May 2014 and it will last for at least 57 days with about 40 days directly in the IOM area of exploration. We hope to bring all new results and samples and share it very soon with the ocean scientific community !