Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Press Room
4 April 2007

Images related to the MBARI News Release
Cable laid for new deep-sea observatory

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Image credit: (c) 2007 MBARI

This computer-generated view of Monterey Bay shows the route of the MARS ocean observatory cable, which starts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California. The observatory itself (red square) will be located on a sloping undersea plateau called "Smooth Ridge," about 35 kilometers (20 miles) from shore and 900 meters (3,000 feet) below the sea surface.


Image credit: Todd Walsh (c) 2007 MBARI

In mid-March, 2007, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel began laying the MARS observatory cable just offshore of MBARI's facilities in Moss Landing California.


Image credit: Todd Walsh (c) 2007 MBARI

The cable-laying ship Global Sentinel began laying the MARS observatory cable just offshore of Moss Landing California in mid March, 2007.


Image credit: Todd Walsh (c) 2007 MBARI

The cable-laying ship Global Sentinel began laying the MARS observatory cable just offshore of Moss Landing California in mid March, 2007. The yellow object hanging from the stern of the vessel is the underwater plow that is used to bury the cable beneath a meter (three feet) below the seafloor.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

This close-up view shows the undersea plow that was used to bury the MARS cable one meter (three feet) below the seafloor


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

This photo shows the undersea plow that was used to bury the MARS cable one meter (three feet) below the seafloor. The cable-laying ship Global Sentinel worked 24-hours-a-day to lay the cable.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After laying the MARS observatory cable, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel went to San Francisco Harbor pick up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) that will protect the electronic "guts" of the observatory from damage by anchors or fishing gear.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After laying the MARS observatory cable, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel went to San Francisco Harbor pick up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) that will protect the electronic "guts" of the observatory from damage by anchors or fishing gear.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After laying the MARS observatory cable, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel went to San Francisco Harbor pick up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) that will protect the electronic "guts" of the observatory from damage by anchors or fishing gear.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After laying the MARS observatory cable, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel went to San Francisco Harbor pick up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) that will protect the electronic "guts" of the observatory from damage by anchors or fishing gear.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After laying the MARS observatory cable, the cable-laying ship Global Sentinel went to San Francisco Harbor pick up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) that will protect the electronic "guts" of the observatory from damage by anchors or fishing gear. The electronic "guts" of the observatory will be installed in the open area in the center of the frame.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

After picking up the trawl-resistant frame (orange object at bow of ship) in San Francisco Harbor, the Global Sentinel returned to Monterey Bay, where crew members attached the frame to the seaward end of the MARS cable.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

This view from the bow of the cable-laying ship shows the trawl-resistant frame being lowered into Monterey Bay.


Image credit: Knute Brekke (c) 2007 MBARI

This view from the bow of the cable-laying ship shows the trawl-resistant frame being lowered into Monterey Bay.

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