Robot sub explores giant ocean canyon
Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, are currently exploring a 'Grand Canyon' under the ocean just off the coast of Portugal.
Using ISIS, a robotic underwater vehicle the size of a transit van, they are collecting samples of marine life found in the massive Nazare Canyon and are capturing film of the amazing world found in the depths of the ocean.
ISIS is operated from the Natural Environment Research Council's new ship, the RRS James Cook, which has specially designed decks and handling equipment to deploy the deep ocean ROV (remotely operated vehicle).
Their exciting expedition is reported by David Shukman on the BBC website today (19 June 2007), where you can also watch a short video of the research being carried out.
The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton is a collaboration between NERC and the University of Southampton.
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