Archive for 12/15/2011

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Two men from the Pacific nation of Kiribati who were lost at sea for a month have managed not only to survive, but to unravel a 50-year-old family mystery.

Uein Buranibwe, 53, and Temaei Tontaake, 26, made headlines late last month when they washed ashore in the Marshall Islands after 33 days lost at sea.

They were more than 600 kilometres from home. Their global satellite positioning system had broken down and they lived off the fish they caught.

But the men have more than one good reason to be grateful that they washed up on a particular coral atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The editor of the Marshall Islands Journal, Giff Johnson, says the men found much-needed food and water on Namdrik Island.

But he also says that one of the men discovered that his uncle, feared drowned at sea 50 years earlier, had also wound up on the same atoll and married into the community.

The men discovered that they had relatives on the island. “That was a pretty pleasant surprise to drift at sea for 33 days and wind up on an island where you’ve got family members,” Mr Johnson said.

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Sixteen submarine hydrothermal deposits were discovered during China’s largest global ocean expedition, researchers said.

The expedition vessel, Ocean No.1, returned Sunday to Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong province.

The expedition, the country’s 22nd, launched from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, on Dec. 8, 2010.

It spent 369 days in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans, and was China’s longest and most expansive ocean expedition.

Over the course of the expedition, 218 experts from 32 institutions engaged in research.

Tao Chunhui, the chief scientist, said that five of the 16 submarine hydrothermal deposits were discovered in the south of the Atlantic Ocean, and the other 11 in the east Pacific Ocean.

Hydrothermal sulfide samples, rock samples as well as fish samples were taken by the vessel, researchers said.

China has discovered 33 submarine hydrothermal deposits in the three oceans since the 19th expedition in 2007, comprising one tenth of the discovered submarine hydrothermal deposits in the last three decades.