Linking shore with the ocean floor in real time in archeological oceanography

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In ocean exploration, physically transporting human beings in small numbers to remote regions of the world, and then taking them to the bottom of the ocean in very smaller numbers for short periods of time to explore short stretches of the sea floor, is clearly a costly and inefficient way to explore these vast regions of our planet.

Recently, however, during an expedition to the Black Sea, lnternet2 and a high-bandwidth satellite link made it possible for scientists to work on the ocean floor without ever having to leave the comfort of their university laboratory Internet2 is a consortium of 206 universities working with industry and the government to develop and deploy an advanced Internet network that operates at 10 gigabits per second. Its future goal is to offer 100 megabits per second via its Abilene backbone to its user base (see www.internet2.edu/about).

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