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Alvin and Atlantis

Alvin to Investigate Gulf Spill

In April 2010, the deep submersible Alvin (shown here with its support ship, R/V Atlantis in the background) carried out a month-long expedition to to the Galapagos Spreading Center in the Pacific Ocean to study the size, speed, and length of eruptions at a mid-ocean ridge with an intermediate spreading rate. Follow along on WHOI's Dive and Discover website with Alvin's next expedition to the Gulf of Mexico, where scientists will investigate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea animals and ecosystems. (Photo by Mark Spear, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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