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Date:7/26/2010

nd the universities of California, Rio de Janeiro, Washington and Vienna.

The team will make tests at 350 points and gather 70,000 samples of air, water and plankton from the surface down to around 5,000 meters depth. The aim is to complete a multidisciplinary study spanning eleven thematic areas, to evaluate the impact of global change and the state of deep-sea biodiversity. As well as measuring temperature, salinity and nutrient concentrations in diverse ocean zones, the team will study ocean-atmosphere gas exchange, the fate of the CO2 absorbed by the oceans, the influence of chemical substances in the ocean and their possible toxicity. They will also look at the diversity and metabolism of phytoplankton, zooplankton and deep-sea microorganisms.

The samples collected will be added to the Malaspina 2010 Collection along with written and photographic records of the expedition's progress. This Collection will then be sealed and stored for several decades awaiting new scientific developments; a kind of time capsule that will give future generations an abundance of material to investigate and use to develop new techniques.

The project has the further goal of strengthening the marine sciences in Spain and nurturing new scientific vocations. To this end, over 50 young postgraduate students will be invited on board for different parts of the journey to complete their master's dissertations or PhD theses under the auspices of the Expedicin Malaspina Fundacin BBVA-CSIC Doctorate Program funded by both institutions.


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Contact: Silvia Churruca
comunicacion@fbbva.es
34-913-745-210
Fundacin BBVA
Source:Eurekalert

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