Researchers exploring hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Atlantic are using communications technology to share their underwater adventures with students in southwest Florida and around the world. Doctor Bob Ballard – the scientist who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985 - is leading the expedition. He’s studying the “Lost City” – a series of hydrothermal vents more than 2-thousand feet under the ocean. The giant, chimney-like vents release warm water from beneath the earth’s surface – forming a unique habitat for sea life.
Through a series of live webcasts, Dr. Ballard and his team are bringing students with them.
Speaking from aboard a research vessel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – Dr. Ballard says he’s realizing a decades-old dream.
“This is the first time we’ve ever tried to do what we’re doing. 24 years ago I sat down and created a dream with the National Geographic Society that’s coming true on this expedition…so I’m thrilled that it’s all working. That concept is a concept of true exploration.”
Along with their research - Dr. Ballard and his colleagues are hosting 4 daily webcasts to Boys & Girls Clubs, museums, science centers and aquariums…including Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Mote will air the webcasts live - at noon, 2 o’clock, and 4 o’clock - until August 3rd. The shows are free with the price of admission. For a look at the video feed…go to
Friday, 29 July 2005 01:00