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NDSF operates a fleet of underwater vehicles that enables the oceanographic community to explore, sample, and map the deep ocean and to meet the needs of a changing research landscape.
A 3-person research submersible capable of reaching 4500 meters depth and of supporting custom sensors and samplers. The Alvin Team delivers reliability built from nearly 5,000 successful dives.
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Dr. Rebecca Carey from the University of Tasmania describes what she saw when 1000m beneath the surface at the Lōihi Seamount in Hawaii in this audio program on Australia’s ABC RN.Read the article
Take a look at HOV Alvin. Owned by the U.S. Navy, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Alvin is the world’s preeminent deep-diving submersible. With submersibles like Alvin, NSF will continue to discover and understand the secrets of the deep!Read the article
Take a peek at Sentry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle. Supported by the National Science Foundation, it’s capable of exploring the ocean and seafloor to depths of 19,000 feet while untethered.Read the article
Earth’s largest aquifer flows beneath the seafloor, through the rocky upper layer of ocean crust. Together with the sediment that rains down from the ocean above, this vast system is called the marine deep biosphere. It covers the entire seafloor – 70 percent of the planet’s surface. This extreme environment is home to unusual, slow-growing…Read the article
Scientists using the remotely operated vehicle Jason got a welcome surprise last month when they discovered deep-sea-dwelling tubeworms while exploring off the east coast of the United States. It is the first time this type of worm has been seen in the eastern North Atlantic. Read the full story ->Read the article