San-Francisco researchers are thrilled to begin the deep sea exploration of a World War II vessel, called the USS Independence. The ship was in service between November 1943 and August 1945. It later helped deliver the atomic bomb tests in 1946, known as the Bikini Atoll tests.
The USS Independence was an aircraft carrier. It helped planes reach Japanese forces from the sea. It withstood a torpedo attack in 1944. It stayed afloat and was later repaired.
Researchers have dived to the shipwreck of the aircraft carrier, which was sunk deliberately off the coast of San-Francisco in 1951. The submarine Nautilus has broadcasted live video over the internet. Those who wish to view the extraordinary footage can access Nautiluslive.org to watch how the exploration went. The vessel is located at a depth of 2,600 feet of water and is still in good shape.
The Independence served the central and western Pacific area. Even though it sustained damage by waves, heat, nuclear tests or radiation, the Independence survived through it all and returned to the United States.
The Navy also experimented with decontamination on board the Independence. It was finally towed to sea for one last time on January 26th, 1951.
Recently, the Nautilus has done research within the ecosystem of the ship to enable scientists to understand the area better. They looked at deep sea corals and sponges and took samples for future studies on ocean acidification.
The submerging of Nautilus took over one hour to reach the Independence shipwreck and the entire dive lasted for over 16 hours, producing photographs and amazing videos of the historical landmark ship.
On August 22nd, the 65-year-old shipwreck was explored by a team of scientists. They found a plane in the hangar bay area of the carrier.
The four-month expedition of Nautilus is supposed to explore the eastern Pacific Ocean. It’s going to seek out the unknown. Previous expeditions have found unseen shipwrecks, new species of sea animals and other curiosities.
The Nautilus has explored the differences between animal and plant species found on the shipwreck, compared to creatures and plants found on the natural ocean floor.
The submarine is run by a nonprofit organization called the Ocean Exploration Trust. Its founder is oceanographer Robert Ballard.
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