The project also involved the design and patenting of an innovative new oceanographic sample bottle that enables marine plankton samples to be taken at depths of down to 4,000 metres. The bottle can be fitted in the usual CTD or frame structure in which oceanographic sample bottles are held.
The samples taken will go to make up the Malaspina 2010 Collection, which will also include information and images describing the progress of the expedition. A set of samples will be sealed and stored for several decades as a time capsule awaiting new scientific developments and so as to bequeath future generations an extensive collection of material for research and for use in developing new techniques.
The project also aims to stimulate marine sciences in Spain and to encourage young people to take up a career in science. Indeed, over 50 young people will be completing their postgraduate studies, embarking on a section of the survey in order to collect information for their masters' dissertation or doctoral thesis through the Programa de Doctorado Expedicin Malaspina Fundacin BBVA-CSIC programme, jointly funded by the two institutions.
Alejandro Malaspina: from hero to traitor
The expedition, of which the full name is Expedicin de Circunnavegacin Malaspina 2010: Cambio Global y Exploracin de la Biodiversidad del Ocano Global (Malaspina Circumnavegation Expedition 2010: Global Change and Exp
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