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Alvin in the Gulf of Mexico

Up Before the Sun

With sunrise for company, pilot Sean Kelley readies the sample basket on the front of the submersible Alvin during the daily pre-dawn pre-dive check. R/V Atlantis and Alvin were in the Gulf of Mexico in December 2010, to investigate possible impacts on deep-sea ecosystems by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The world’s longest-operating deep-sea submersible, Alvin is currently ashore, undergoing an overhaul and upgrade. (Photo by Tom Lanagan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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