Deep Sea Research Station Plans

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Posted by on November 05, 2006 at 11:52:29:

  1. Sonar imagers measure the heat output of "black smokers," hydrothermal vents that can reach 700 degrees.
  2. Hi-def cameras send images to the surface during volcanic eruptions.
  3. Seafloor rovers take samples and reposition instruments.
  4. Seismometers and strain meters continuously monitor tectonic plate movement.
  5. Incubators in holes about a mile deep collect data on microbes.
  6. A single cable supplies up to 100 kW of power and a 10-Gbyte-per-second Internet connection.
  7. The central control system regulates lights and other instruments.
  8. A self-propelled lab collects gases from black smokers to learn what the microorganisms that live inside them feed on.
  9. Sensors along the cable to the surface check temperature, nutrients, and the movement of sea creatures.
  10. Robots recharge power supplies, download data, collect samples, and take photographs.

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