OC­TO­GE­NAR­IAN SCI­EN­TIST’S DEEP DIVE Wang Pinx­ian,

Beijing Review - - This Week People & Points -

Well-known ge­ol­o­gist 82, was on board China’s do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced sub­mersible Deep Sea War­rior on its first voy­age in the South China Sea from May 11 to 23, mak­ing him the ve­hi­cle’s old­est pas­sen­ger. Dur­ing the voy­age, Wang dove to a depth of over 1,400 me­ters three times and con­ducted more than eight hours of un­der­wa­ter re­search each time. On his dives, Wang found a cold seep bi­ogroup con­sist­ing mainly of feather duster worms and sea mus­sels and dis­cov­ered a spe­cial bi­ogroup of cold wa­ter coral and sponges.

Wang has been con­duct­ing re­search on ma­rine mi­cropa­le­on­tol­ogy for decades and has made cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of ma­rine ge­ol­ogy in China. He is a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences and a pro­fes­sor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science of Tongji Univer­sity in Shang­hai.

The Deep Sea War­rior voy­age was a fin­ish­ing touch on a re­search mis­sion on the his­tory of the South China Sea launched in 2011, which is ex­pected to shed light on the for­ma­tion and evolve­ment of the sea.

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