• Chemosyntetic community comprising white crabs and mussels thrives near a gas vent, Makran Accretionary Wedge, Arabian Sea. Image ROV MARUM-QUEST, University of Bremen.
  • The 'Kandelabra' black smoker at the Logatchev hydrothermal field, Atlantic Ocean. Image ROV MARUM-QUEST, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen
  • Carrier crab Poromola cuvieri perches on top of the gorgonian Callogorgia verticillata in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores. Image Fundaçao Rebikoff-Niggeler (Azores/Portugal)
  • Pillow lavas hosting a faunal community near the low-temperature Lilliput Hydrothermal Field at 1500m water depth on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Image ROV6000 Kiel/GEOMAR
  • Swarms of the shrimp Rimicaris exoculata bathing in warm waters of a hydrothermal vent on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Image Ifremer/Exomar cruise 2005
  • Fauna living on the flanks of a seamount at approximately 1000m water depth near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Image ECOMAR

The MIDAS project – Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation – is a new, multidisciplinary research programme that will investigate the environmental impacts of extracting mineral and energy resources from the deep-sea environment. This includes the exploitation of materials such as polymetallic sulphides, manganese nodules, cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, methane hydrates and the potential mining of rare earth elements. MIDAS is funded under the European Commission’s Framework 7 programme and started on 1 November 2013 for a period of 3 years.

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