Images related to the news release
NOAA and MBARI announce winners in competition
to design an environmentally-friendly anchor
Image credit: ((c) 2000 MBARI
MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Ventana places a small anchor for scientific equipment on the bottom of Monterey Bay.
Image credit: (c) 2004 MBARI
Researchers sometimes hold their equipment in place using scrap iron, such as these broken rails from an old railroad track.
Image credit: (c) 2006 NOAA/MBARI
Old railroad wheels are sometimes used to anchor really large scientific moorings to the seafloor.
Image credit: (c) 2006 MBARI
This anchor design, proposed by an MBARI scientist and marine operations technicians, uses a floating reel of line to haul the anchor to the surface after the scientific experiment is complete.
Image credit: (c) 2005 Arrol Lund
This sketch shows the winning design for a "disposable" anchor system created by Arrol Lund.