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Explorer Ballard heads exploration of undersea volcano
Narragansett Times ^ | 5/19/2006 | Chris Church

Posted on 05/19/2006 12:42:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

University of Rhode Island professor Robert Ballard... was slated to... meet up with the crew of the... 185-foot-long research vessel Endeavor... Ballard, notably known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, will be heading up a team of scientists from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, the Institute for Exploration, and the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Athens. Scientific operations for the expedition began on Apr. 26 and will continue through June 18... The first leg of the expedition will be to the Greek island of Thera, also known as Santorini, to study the sea floor and, for the first time ever, explore a giant underwater crater (known as a caldera) that was caused by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption thousands of years ago... Using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) equipped with a high-definition color video camera, temperature sensors, and mechanical arms, the researchers will be able to explore the various layers of volcanic deposits... Immersion Presents, an after-school program founded by Ballard in 2002, will broadcast four live shows a day from the volcano's research and exploration site to audiences at participating aquariums, schools, universities, science centers and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The second leg of the voyage will be focused on the northern part of the Black Sea, in two areas south of the Crimean Peninsula. The Greek colony of Chersonesos was founded here around the 5th century and was inhabited up through the Middle Ages... The third part of the expedition will be in the international waters of the Sea of Crete, in the southern Aegean... The effort will attempt to establish protocols for deep water archaeological surveys as well as mapping the seafloor and marking shipwrecks.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: akrotiri; calliste; godsgravesglyphs; minoans; mycenaeans; robertballard; santorini; thera

Explorer Ballard heads exploration of undersea volcano

1 posted on 05/19/2006 12:42:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 05/19/2006 12:42:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Additional information on the expedition can be found at:
3 posted on 05/19/2006 12:44:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don't tell me he's going to try and bring back artifacts...?


4 posted on 05/19/2006 12:44:46 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I can resist anything but temptation.)
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Santorini/Thera may have been the factual basis for the Atlantis legend, and was the probable cause [Tsunami] of the end of the Mnoan culture, and dominance, of the eastern Med.


5 posted on 05/19/2006 12:45:22 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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Actually, the caldera of Thera (nice rhyme) is prehistoric; the bay opens toward the Greek mainland, and no signs of any tsunami have ever been found there (or for that matter, on Crete); eventually, the Mycenaean Greeks took over Minoan areas and trade routes; ashfall from Thera has been found in Crete, but only on the eastern end of that island, and the maximum depth of the ash is 5 millimeters; and perhaps most importantly, the Minoans didn't curl up and die for at least 80 years after the supposed disaster (or nearly 200 years, if one wishes to believe in the 17th c BC date for the eruption being pushed nowadays). The only historical account of an eruption is Strabo's, and that eruption took place about 200 BC.


6 posted on 05/19/2006 12:59:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I want some. I think I'll email him. ;')


7 posted on 05/19/2006 1:02:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Add my name...I've always wanted a petrified brain.

NOT!


8 posted on 05/19/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I can resist anything but temptation.)
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