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March 25, 2012 

James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge: a scientific milestone or rich guy's junket?

Dr. Al Dove
Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium

This post is co-authored by Al Dove and Craig McClain via Deep Sea News 

In the 1989 James Cameron sci-fi movie The Abyss, there’s a scene when Ed Harris’ character dons a special environmental suit that allows him to breathe an oxygen-laden liquid.  Thus protected from the risks of crushing deep-sea pressures (no air = no voids to collapse), he drops from a deep submerged research facility into the inky depths of an abyssal canyon to find and disarm a lost weapon.  During the descent, robbed of speech by the liquid he’s breathing, he’s forced to communicate with his colleagues on the base using text messages tapped out on a forearm console.  What ensues is one of the more tense scenes in sci-fi history as Harris suffers first the effects of pressure, then tackles the errant weapon, and eventually stumbles upon a remarkable submarine alien race in the movie’s climax, all communicated piecemeal to his colleagues on the base in choppy text speech.  Rarely have little green letters appearing on black screen carried so much drama.  Have some new friends down here. Guess they’ve been here awhile…

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March 23, 2011

Welcome to Georgia Aquarium's Official Blog!

Here at Georgia Aquarium, it is our mission to be a leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. This blog will be a place for you to get an insider’s look into our extensive efforts of sustaining the world’s oceans and its unique aquatic inhabitants. We also want to show you the fun side of science – from the cute and cuddly to the slick and slimy!

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