An overview of technological approaches to deep water research at Warm Mineral Springs (85019)

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An overview of technological approaches to deep water research at Warm Mineral Springs (85019)

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Title: An overview of technological approaches to deep water research at Warm Mineral Springs (85019)
Author: Wood, LN
Abstract: Research, under the direction of Wilburn A. Cockrell, at the Warm Mineral Springs site (8So19) over the last two decades has expanded the frontier of underwater archaeology into depths considered to be well within extreme exposure limits. Excavation of deposits located in a cone of debris at the bottom of the Springs has required working dives to depths of thirty-eight to fifty-five meters (124-180 FSW), with excursions down to seventy meters (230 FSW). Current research demands have prompted the adoption of more technologically advanced diving equipment, training, and on-site facilities. The recent addition of a fifty-four inch, double lock recompression chamber staffed by a full-time operator and the use of alternate breathing gases for working dives and decompression has proven to be invaluable by increasing bottom times and decreasing in-water decompression times, while maintaining a high standard of participant safety. Furthermore, the recompression chamber offers the alternative of surface decompression. Likewise, other current diving technology being used in the commercial diving industry, including the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROV's), was examined with an eye toward choosing those technological innovations which had the greatest potential for successful utilization in the deeply submerged anaerobic environment of Warm Mineral Springs.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9647
Date: 1990

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