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Oceanic explorers' undersea discovery

SIXTEEN undersea hydrothermal deposits were discovered during China's largest global ocean expedition, researchers said.

The expedition vessel, Ocean No.1, returned yesterday to Qingdao in Shandong Province.

The expedition, the country's 22nd, launched from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, on December 8, 2010. It spent 369 days in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans and was China's longest and most expansive ocean expedition.

On the expedition, 218 experts from 32 institutions engaged in research.

Tao Chunhui, the chief scientist, said five of the 16 undersea 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 and fish were taken by the vessel, researchers said.


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