Phase I – July 24

The gas Blending M/V Miss Lindsey Oxydative Stress Sampling Senior Chief ARRIVAL and PREPARATION The gases were delivered on Friday morning to the Coast Guard Station at Hatteras Inlet, NC. The large yellow and orange cylinders contain pre-mixed trimix 18/50, which is 18% oxygen, 50% helium and 32% nitrogen. The …

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Phase I – July 23

The EPA EPA Building Joachim Pleil, Terrence Tysall and Kyle Creamer Terrence speaks Thursday, 22 July 1999, started bright and early seeing Kyle and Terrence hitting the road by 0700, quite the way for Kyle to spend his Birthday!!! Those of you out there that are in the know, noticed …

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Phase I – Introduction

The battle between the Monitor and the Virginia Divers on the Monitor The Cambrian Foundation’s research activities in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary consist of two distinct and separate phases. Although the expeditions are separate, they share common goals and Phase II will pick up where Phase I leaves off. …

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Project Report

R/V Kellie Chouest Navy divers on their stage Cambrian divers deploying from the platform Artifact believed to be an officer’s head For the past 4 years (including this year), the Cambrian Foundation has put together scientific expeditions to the Monitor. These expeditions are typically one week in duration. However, this …

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Final Report

Soap Dish Grey’s Hair Restorative Bottle The 1997 Monitor Survey Expedition was carried out between the dates of July 27, 1997 and August 2, 1997. Even with marginal ocean conditions, our successful visit to the Sanctuary was accomplished. Our selection of the Miss Lindsay as our support vessel was an …

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Quick Update

Tysall placing a Datum Point Marker Divers recovering trash from site Throttle Gauge of the USS Monitor 27 July 1997 All of the members of this expedition were instructed to meet at Teach’s Lair at 10:00 a.m. After all of the gear was stowed and secured, the initial briefings were …

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Introduction

Launching of the Monitor The wreck of the USS Monitor is perhaps the most famous in the United States. The site became the first Marine Sanctuary designated by the United States Government on January 30, 1975. Since that time, many research dives have been conducted in an effort to help …

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The Abyss

Map of the Abyss cave We tie off on a stalactite We enter the cave through the hydrogen sulfide Matt unclipping the reel we pass a lost lobster trap on descent Matt ties off on the bottom On our previous visit to Belize in November 1995, we’d heard from Frank …

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Matt’s Report

Preparing and mixing Matt exiting ‘Dill’s Cave’ after sampling Steve surveys the gallery “The Great Blue Hole” located on Lighthouse Reef, an atoll approximately 50 miles east of Belize in Central America is an incredible place to see…and dive. It is the water-bound equivalent to the Acropolis in grandeur and …

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Core Samples

Taking the core samples The core sample The Blue Hole acts as a giant sediment trap. Any particles in the water will sink to the bottom, providing a record of marine and atmospheric environmental changes with time. In this picture a core sample is being retrieved from the deepest part …

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