March 11, 2010

ABE Missing in Underwater Chilean Expedition


The Autonomous Benthic Explorer was lost on March 5 during an expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15 year-old underwater ABE was being used to map the sea bed and collect samples for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. While its disappearance had nothing to do with the recent earthquake, the researchers believe that one of its glass sphere may have imploded. This means that ABE could not return to the water's surface from its 222nd, and now probably final, dive.

Via Cape Cod Times

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at March 11, 2010 8:50 PM
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