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Advancements in Underwater Vehicles: Responding to Current Environmental Issues

Advancements in Underwater Vehicles: Responding to Current Environmental Issues

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Soap Box. Even if humans could breathe under water like fish, we might not want to become permanently aquatic. "Believe it or not," says James Morash , "the deep ocean is kind of boring," covered as it is by so much sandy sea floor. And yet there's much to be learned about this terrain, which was a mystery to humans up 'til the last century. As Morash points out, ocean systems are increasingly of interest to climate change scientists, and to researchers interested in the impacts of warming on marine ecosystems. It has proved too dangerous and expensive, Morash tells us, to send humans inside submersibles to carry out much of this painstaking and time-consuming underwater research, so engineers have been designing vehicles that can do much of the... Show More

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