During 2010, EV Nautilus and its Corps of Exploration spent 4 months in the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas. Our work off the coast of Turkey resulted in the discovery of 20 shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea and Sea of Marmara, as well as the biological and geological exploration of the Anaximander Mountains off of Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
We sailed to Greek waters and the Hellenic Volcanic Arc, where our focus of exploration was to reconstruct past and present volcanic activity and its impact on the environment at the Santorini, Kolumbo, and Nisyros volcanoes. The Eratosthenes Seamount off the southern coast of Cyrpus provided an unexpectedly diverse array of discoveries, including sinkholes, fluid seeps, and shipwrecks.
We also explored the coast of Israel, where we discovered deepwater coral communities on Israel's continental margin. As a result of our research, this area may soon be designated as a marine sanctuary.