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Scientists Conduct an ROV Dive

Auster and colleagues direct a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dive on the New England Seamounts.
Courtesy Peter Auster
Peter Auster and colleagues direct a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) dive on the New England Seamounts. Three teams composed of three scientists and four ROV engineers take two 4-hour watches every day. During each dive the team decides on routes over the deep sea landscape, shoot video and still images to document coral communities and associated animals, and collects samples.