Scientists and engineers using advanced technology and a unique robotic vehicle to study the deep sea will also be using their computers to interact with students, teachers, and the public about the research they are conducting.
Working along the East Pacific Rise, a mid-ocean ridge about 600 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, aboard the research vessel Atlantis, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues will examine life in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
The scientists’ work will be chronicled in video, still images, and daily written updates on WHOI’s Dive and Discover website from Jan. 2-22, 2014.
Website visitors will be able to experience much of what the scientists are seeing and learning during the research mission, including video of the deep sea taken by the remotely operated vehicle Jason, and learn about life aboard a working research vessel.
Interviews with ship’s crew, scientists, engineers, and others, give visitors insight into the many people it takes to run a successful research expedition.
The Dive and Discover site also features in-depth explanations of ocean phenomenon, interactive illustrations to illuminate deep-sea features and animals, classroom activities and educational resources for teachers, and a “Mail Buoy” that allows students and others to communicate directly by email with scientists at sea.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education.