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Images: Cape-Able Workers Build Deep-Sea Devices

Lisa Magnuson has been coming to this WHOI lab all summer to make complicated silver chloride electrodes, a technical and painstaking process. Magnuson and three other workers were employed through a partnership between WHOI and Cape Abilities that was funded by the National Science Foundation. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI geoscientist Rob Evans adjusts a magnetic field-detecting instrument as a colleague, senior engineering assistant Matt Gould, steadies it. Evans studies magnetic fields as a way to learn about the structure of Earth's mantle and the processes occurring within it. Though this early (2001) version was towed by a ship, Evans' current instruments are deployed on the seafloor. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

When Rob Evans needed to build 120 new silver chloride electrodes to replace aging ones in his instruments, he worked with Trevor Harrison and others to re-design them to make them more robust. Harrison refined the assembly process, so that workers can assemble the electrodes' numerous components in a series of repeatable single steps. (drawing by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, based on a diagram by Trevor Harrison, Cape Abilities)