Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tune in to some deep blue science!

Living beneath the waves in a yellow submarine... it's not just a catchy tune, it's real-life science coming live to a computer near you! Students and ocean-lovers around the world are plugging in to Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk, a series of live webcasts broadcast from the Aquarius lab. And you can, too. Tune in for these unique daily broadcasts from the depths of the deep blue through October 21!

Greg Stone, former Vice President of Global Marine Programs at the Aquarium, looks out of Aquarius in this 2002 photograph. Photo credit: Brian Skerry, National Geographic

This special laboratory is located off the coast of Key Largo, 60 feet underwater in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The scientific researchers or "aquanauts" that live in Aquarius, as well as scientists operating from the surface, will be sharing their experience and intimate knowledge of the ocean while performing their latest mission on board the Aquarius.

Aquarius mit Tauchglocke
Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Check the schedule for broadcast times and topics. See what a day in the life of a reef fish is like, learn what kinds of cool tools researchers are using in their underwater world, tackle tough issues like climate change and threats to our oceans and discover how you can prepare for a career in marine science. You can even post comments and questions on NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries facebook and twitter pages!

If these Aquarius adventures are just whetting your appetite for information about this underwater laboratory, you should checkout this book for kids ages 10 and older! Written by longtime Aquarium Editor-in-Chief Ken Mallory, you'll find fascinating details about what it's like to live underwater, listening to the crackle of shrimp pinging through the walls, as well as gripping photographs by Aquarium Explorer in Residence Brian Skerry.

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