Science - November 3, 2011

Expedition Saba

It's a hard life for the poor researcher.

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Sometimes you have to go for a whole week to a distant land. In this case, Saba. Ecologist Erik Meesters (the diver on the right on the Caribbean Explorer II) was there last week with fifteen colleagues to study the ecological status of Holland's recently acquired coral reefs. The Saba Bank (40 x 60 km) has been Dutch territory since October last year. It is unique for its great biodiversity, says expedition initiator Meesters. But there are big gaps in our knowledge about it. Hence the Saba expedition.

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