Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
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. It once was used in atomic tests in the Pacific.
 
The expedition was led by famed oceanographer Robert Ballard. It captured the wreckage of the USS Independence, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is off California.
 
Scientists aboard the ocean research ship Nautilus lowered two unmanned submersibles to the ocean floor. They also found 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 . . . is that they are in amazing states of preservation," Ballard said. "There's very little change from when the Navy scuttled it."  That happened in 1951.
 
"The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth."
 
Samples of marine life growing on the ship will be brought onboard the Nautilus. They will be tested for possible radioactivity remaining from the bomb tests. The samples also will be analyzed for the effects of climate change.
 
Scientists 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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  • nataliak-pav
    9/16/2016 - 10:47 a.m.

    Not only is finding a sunken boat really cool ,but also it is a huge advancement in marine science. Now scientist can determine weather or not this ship sunk because of an attack or because of mechanical problems.

  • ygadh-wim4
    9/16/2016 - 11:49 a.m.

    How can something so big be hidden for so long?

  • rmichael-dav
    9/21/2016 - 04:33 p.m.

    In response to "Underwater expedition finds sunken warship," I agree that this is a real world war 11 craft carrier. One reason I agree is that they says "the ocean is just a big museum " . Another reason is that in the "its amazing how this is preserved". It says in the article there is very little change when the Navy was on it. A third reason is they discovered a googly eyed stubby squid .They even have a video on the squid. Even though people think its fake , I think
    its real, because the ocean is a museum, its very well preserved, they even discovered a squid.

  • temmy-dav
    9/22/2016 - 07:01 p.m.

    In response to "Underwater expedition finds sunken warship," I think that it is really cool. One reason I think it is cool is that it has been hidden for so long. Another reason is that all of the sea life growing on it after so long. A third reason is that all the things on the bottom of the sea that we yet to discover. I think
    that it is awesome that we have the technology to do things like this.

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