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All-in-one: New microbe degrades oil to gas

Microscopy suggests that the recently discovered microbe Methanoliparia produces methane from crude oil all by themselves

[20. August 2019] 

The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may produce methane from oil. Scientists from Joint Re­search Group for Deep-Sea Eco­logy and Tech­no­logy have now found cells of this microbe in oil reservoirs worldwide.


Stardust in the Antarctica

Iron-60 discovered in Antarctic snow samples

[16. August 2019] 

The rare isotope iron-60 is produced by huge star explosions. Only a small proportion comes from remote stars. Researchers have now discovered iron-60 in the Antarctic for the first time. They have been able to draw spectacular conclusions from their findings.

Scientific study

Microplastic drifting down with the snow

In the Alps and the Arctic, experts confirm the presence of plastic in snow

[14. August 2019] 

Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in seawater, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and subsequently washed out of the air, especially by snow – this was demonstrated in a study conducted by experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute.


Polarstern departs for the Arctic

Conducting research at the long-term deep-sea observatory Hausgarten

[07. August 2019] 

On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research ship Polarstern will leave her homeport in Bremerhaven. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.


AWI Director honoured

Antje Boetius receives the Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award in Ocean Sciences

[30. July 2019] 

The Cody Award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement. It is presented by Scripps Institution of Oceanography to a scientist who has made significant contributions to his or her field of science specialty. AWI Director Antje Boetius now receives the award.