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New Robot Scouts Best Locations for Components of Undersea Lab
August 13, 2008
Like a deep-sea bloodhound, Sentry--the newest in an elite group of unmanned submersibles able to operate on their own in demanding and rugged environments--has helped scientists pinpoint locations for two observation sites of a pioneering seafloor laboratory being planned off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Successful selection of the two sites is a crucial step in developing an extensive sensor network above and below the seafloor on the Juan de Fuca Plate.
University of Washington
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