Southern California Borderland

Coming into November, Nautilus will continue an interdisciplinary expedition on California’s benthic communities for its biodiversity, mineral composition and biopharmaceutical potential. Key research and findings are expected to be the minerals phosphite and iron-manganese which have many uses in industry and have become increasingly rare. All invertebrates, microbes and the substrates on which they grow are of huge interest. As to whether they can be sustainably exploited or left alone is always a factor being determined by every study Nautilus has partaken in this marine area.