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The Discovery Files - Off the Deep End

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New research submersible to give deeper answer to "How low can you go?"

Credit: NSF/Clear Channel Communications/Karson Productions

Audio Transcript:
Going off the deep end.

I'm Bob Karson with "The Discovery Files" -- new advances in science and engineering, from the National Science Foundation.

For 40 years, ALVIN, the research submersible, showed us new undersea life forms, and gave everyone from school children to oceanographers a better understanding of the seafloor.

As ALVIN retires, we are about to enter a world that exists even deeper into the abyss. In fact, about 40 percent deeper. A new federally-funded submersible is now being built and equipped to carry a pilot and two scientists some four miles below the surface--deep enough to show us over 30 percent of the seafloor we've never seen before.

To marine biology, medicine, agriculture, science, and Mrs. Durkee's sixth grade class, the human benefits of this undersea research are two deep to measure.

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