Tagged: ocean

Nuclear underwater explosion test (16 gifs)

In July 1946, the United States conducted two atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. The tests, codenamed Able (an atmospheric explosion) and Baker (underwater), were among the very first of the more than 1,000 tests that the U.S. would conduct over the next decades.

Life found in rocks 1.5 miles under the sea

Scientists from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program have discovered bacteria, viruses and fungi living over 1.5 miles under the ocean floor in thick sedimentary rock, which dates back over 100m years. The lifeforms are only just surviving though, reproducing once every 10,000 years or so. Nevertheless the discovery raises questions over where life on Earth can survive.

Research’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) turns 50 (2 videos)

The only one of its kind in the world, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s FLoating Instrument Platform (FLIP) is a 355-foot-long manned spar buoy designed to serve as a stable platform for oceanographic research.

Resembling a long baseball bat, FLIP is classified as a “research platform” since it has no propulsion power. Rather, FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and, through ballast changes, is “flipped” in about 30 minutes to the vertical position to become uniquely stable.

Chuuk Lagoon. The Largest Graveyard Of Ships (45 pictures)

Chuuk Lagoon formerly known as Truk Lagoon was Imperial Japan’s main naval base in the South Pacific theater of WW2. In 1944 Operation Hailstone was launched by the United States during which 12 Japanese warships, 32 merchant ships and 249 aircraft were destroyed

Wreck of the RMS Titanic (42 pictures)

The wreck of the RMS Titanic is located about 370 miles (600 km) south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland, lying at a depth of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m). It was discovered on September 1, 1985 by a joint French-American expedition.