We were all excited about today’s exploration dive on Sur Ridge, a ten-mile-long submarine ridge about 20 miles due west of Pt. Sur, on the California coast. No task list to complete or specific objectives to achieve. This was like exploring the hills with your friends,except today, the “hills” were 1,000 meters under the surface, and had never been explored by anyone.
Our second objective for today was to visit the bale of corn stover we sank in 3,200 meter depth in 2009. One idea to help mitigate global warming is to gather up crop debris from fields across the nation, package it, add some ballast rock, and sink it into the deep sea. This would replace the current practice of extensive burning of the unwanted plant material.