The age of Aquarius

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Title: The age of Aquarius
Author: Kesling, D
Abstract: NOAA and the National Undersea Research Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University has recently launched the world's most advanced scientific research saturation diving habitat in Salt River Canyon, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The new system is called "Aquarius" and replaces NOAA'S smaller, less sophisticated habitat Hydrolab, which accomplished nearly 200 scientific saturation missions between 1978 and 1985. Aquarius is a mobile saturation diving system and began its initial operation during September, 1987. The habitat represents a major advancement in facilities for scientific saturation diving by providing enhanced scientific capabilities in a comfortable living environment. Aquarius makes it possible for scientists to live and work on the ocean floor for virtually unlimited time, allowing a six hour excursion dive time to 95 ft. after a twelve hour interval is spent at a storage depth of 48 fsw. Six scientific saturation diving missions are planned for 1988 with the research focusing on nutrient cycling and the control of primary productivity in reef ecosystems and recruitment processes in marine organisms.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (
Date: 1988

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