- Benthic lander
Benthic landers are observational platforms that sit on the
seabedor benthic zoneto record physical, chemical or biological activity. [cite book |title=Cold-water Corals and Ecosystems |last=Freiwald |first=André |coauthors=Roberts, J. Murray |year=2005 |publisher=Springer |isbn=3540241361 |pages=p. 485 |url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0DHqVA02GksC&pg=PA485&dq=%22Benthic+lander%22+OR+%22benthic+landers%22&num=100&client=firefox-a&sig=ACfU3U3FrsqdDDKWx7LADvKPBotxUoyaSg |accessdate=2008-06-27] The landers are autonomous and have deployment durations from a few days (for biological studies) to several years (for physical oceanographystudies).
Benthic landers come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending upon the instrumentation they carry, and are typically capable of working at any ocean depth.
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