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First underwater observatory live online

Posted by Yvonne on Sep 25, 2009 2:55:25 PM

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Image caption: This underwater observatory is being put into position 30m under the sea in western Sweden.

 

Scientists, including Adrian Glover from the Natural History Museum, have developed the world's first underwater observatory connected to the internet.

 

The observatory is currently 30m underwater in a fjord on the west coast of Sweden and is beaming images of a community of scavenging creatures living on the remains of a dead whale.

 

Scientists anywhere in the world are now able to carry out research in real-time on one of the least-studied enviromments on the planet.

 

Technology advances in cabling and underwater instruments helped make this system possible. However, there a few hurdles to overcome along the way, including a sudden infestation of barnacles! http://http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2009/september/first-underwater-observatory-live-online39820.html

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