Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Diving deep from Our Backyard

September 23, 2014 by chris

bob ballard - nautilusDid you know that you can dive inside an undersea volcano from right here in Our Backyard? For the next few weeks, you can explore an active volcano deep under the Caribbean Sea with the E/V Nautilus thanks to the Inner Space Center (ISC) at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

ISC founder Bob Ballard draws parallels between the ISC and NASA. He calls his operation on Narragansett Bay “mission control” for undersea exploration. As its ROV explores the volcano, the Nautilus transmits high bandwidth streams of video, audio, and data to ISC, which captures, displays and disseminates the info in real time. If you tune in at the right time, you can watch live feeds from the Nautilus’ three cameras.

The ISC’s Alex DeCiccio is blogging about the Nautilus’ search.

“Take a moment and think about this, the E/V Nautilus is putting multiple HD cameras on a highly sophisticated remotely operated vehicle inside an active underwater volcano. It’s been a little over a week since the Nautilus has been searching the depths for the next big discovery. Not to downplay anything here, I mean, they have been at sea since early June you know. So far this summer they have been exploring the ‘Unknown America.’

“Areas of the deep like the Straits of Florida, the Dry Tortugas off Southwest Florida, the Gulf of Mexico exploring natural resources and some shipwrecks, the Mesoamerican Reef off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea, the geologically active area of the Windward Passage off Cuba and Haiti, seamounts off the British Virgin Islands in the Anegada Passage and now they are jumping inside the most active underwater volcano in the Caribbean called ‘Kick ’em Jenny.’”