Sunday, August 21, 2011

Neptune Canada is a large underwater experiment

Study on the sea is very important, which is more than just biologists, and Neptune Canada "world's largest wired undersea Observatory".

It is not only Neptune, because it is under the sea, but there is a very clever acronym for North East Pacific time is series undersea networked experiments. Who thought this acronym is a complete genius. The Neptune has sensors in Western British Columbia through Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, and extends over 530 miles.

It specifies six nodes distributed various locations, and I believe that one is seen in the image here of them. It has 250 instruments between these nodes, and it has collected 10 terabits of scientific data since December 2009.

All this amounts to sensors, the measuring and drawing and video images, as well as scientific data, such as such as microbial samples, temperature, pressure, salinity and flow. All this data a TThe official websiteis available to the public free of charge.

As you might have guessed, costs this system to install$ 106 million and has $ 12 million to manage its services. I wonder if we have discovered valuable otherwise this product is enough data to justify these costs only at the bottom edge of the ocean to be abandoned.

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