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Seafloor Robot Breaks World Record While Collecting Climate Data

A robot that crawls over the abyssal seafloor collecting data on fecal matter and other bits of “marine snow” just broke the world record for longest seafloor stay at 367 days, and longest distance traveled (about 1 mile, or 1.6 kilometers) by any of its kind.To be fair, the robot is the only of its kind, and the record it broke was its own.

The Benthic Rover, a project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is an untethered, autonomous seafloor crawler. It is deployed in an area known as Station M, 136 miles (220 kilometers) from the California coastline, and 2.5 miles (4,000 meters ― the abyssal zone) below the surface. The bot is tasked with measuring the seafloor community’s consumption of marine snow — organic material from animal poop, zooplankton (tiny marine animals) and phytoplankton that falls from the upper layers of water and into the deep ocean.

Source: Seafloor Robot Breaks World Record While Collecting Climate Data

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