Underwater expedition finds sunken warship This image provided by Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live, shows the canopy of a Grumman Hellcat fighter aircraft seen in an aircraft elevator hatch on the sunken wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast near San Francisco, Calif. (Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live via AP)
Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
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An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier once used in atomic tests in the Pacific.
 
The expedition led by famed oceanographer Robert Ballard captured the wreckage of the USS Independence, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off California.
 
Scientists aboard the ocean research ship Nautilus lowered two unmanned submersibles to the ocean floor to find a Hellcat fighter plane, anti-aircraft guns, hatches and the ship's name on the hull.
 
"What's so wonderful about the wrecks in deeper water, like this ship, the Titanic and the Bismarck, is that they are in amazing states of preservation," Ballard said. "There's very little change from when the Navy scuttled it" off California in 1951.
 
"The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth."
 
Samples of marine life growing on the ship will be brought onboard to be tested for possible radioactivity remaining from the bomb tests, as well as to be analyzed for the effects of climate change.
 
Scientists also plan to explore the wreckage of a historic steam yacht from 1886 and the freighter Dorothy Windermote as part of the four-month expedition.
 
Earlier in August, the Nautilus team discovered a "googly eyed" stubby squid while combing the sea floor off the California coast. Video of the researchers delighting in the discovery became an Internet sensation. To watch round-the-clock video of the expedition, visit www.nautiluslive.org.

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COMMENTS (9)
  • monicas-ste
    9/01/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    It's amazing what they find in the ocean. How cool is this. This is very interesting.

  • treyd1-whi
    9/02/2016 - 09:12 a.m.

    This article was very hard so was the test .

  • peytonw-cel
    9/12/2016 - 10:04 a.m.

    Because this was a warship. These planes could have been stationed on the ship. This type of plane was used in WWII and this ship was from WWII. That explains why there was a plane found with this warship. This plane was taken under with the ship.

  • johannaw-cel
    9/12/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    In my opinion it is really fascinating to find something in the deep ocean. It tells us so much about the history, because they are amazing states of preservation. An other example of such wrecks in the deep ocean is the Titanic and the Bismarck.
    I think the quote "The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth" is really good and impressing.
    Now I understand that scientists goes on many months long expeditions to discover the oceans and try to find old Wracks,... In my opinion this job is really interestimg, but also hard and very important to understand history and find out more information in history.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    9/13/2016 - 01:20 p.m.

    The plane was found with the ship because it was once an aircraft carrier during World War II. It was most likely hit with one either close by or attached.

  • zakrym-ste
    9/14/2016 - 01:34 p.m.

    I think it is cool that the ocean does not hurt the ships. i wonder how many people died when they crashed. i would like to see another article explaining the people that died.

  • noahr-ste
    9/14/2016 - 01:34 p.m.

    Its crazy how still today we are discovering things in the bottom of the ocean that have been there for years and years just waiting to be found. Then once we find stuff we end up finding a ton of stuff and that is just amazing there is still that much to be discovered.

  • jacklynt-ste
    9/15/2016 - 01:24 p.m.

    An aircraft carrier was discovered in an underwater expedition.
    The aircraft was said to be from the World War II era. Samples were taken to be tested for radioactivity.

  • kaileew-ste
    9/22/2016 - 01:23 p.m.

    A sunken World War ll ship was found along the California coast. Samples of marine life were found on the ship and were taken for testing. Oceanographer Robert Ballard says that the ocean is the biggest museum on Earth.

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