The depth of about 20,000 to 36,000 ft. is called the hadopelagic zone or the hadal zone. These are the names the deepest region of an ocean can be called. This region is estimated to be half the ocean’s total depth range. But, it was recently discovered to be a potential hotspot for major microbial activity and organic carbon presence.
Understanding what happens at this depth of the ocean is a matter of global importance. This is because the ocean’s chemistry and the availability of nutrients to the species dwelling in these deep regions will help the world better understand these distant species.
Knowing fully that these sensors are to work in the deeper most parts of the oceans. The most advanced countries are planning to unite their technological prowess in developing a sensor to be planted as deep as 11, 000 metres into the ocean. This became unavoidable since the most recent level of success achieved in studying microorganisms dwelling deep in oceans was that which worked at just 1180 metres depth level. It is important to say that this was achieved after a really strenuous process was undergone.
And a stretch on that line is expected to require more hands on deck. This explains why the international community is considered to collectively fulfill this responsibility. The whole world might end up being affected by what is in these ‘extreme depths’ anyway. So, why not invest all the technical know-how there is to make avail this object that will surely make a technological genius and not just that, it will as well impact the whole world’s understanding of the oceanic mysteries.
Also, carbon mineralization and its closely related phenomenon – biogeochemical are necessarily needed to be understood in order to be sure of the hadal dwelling sediments that might be of global importance.
Of global importance can be such a spread by the way – a spread away from just the oceans. This is because it can also imply an effect on climate change which in turn will surely affect all parts of the world. Perhaps some more than the others, but as is said, half damage is still damage.
In addition, sediments of carbon recycling are known to be capable of causing the ocean greater than anticipated implications. Just to be on the safe side, it is better to at least beware of the redox conditions, ocean chemistry and available nutrients to be sure how carbon diffusion impacts the lives in the oceans. This project is expected to support the exchange of knowledge and produce a collaborative design from among partners. This result being an innovative sensor that’s way technologically advanced enough to study the seas at the most extreme depths.