Now available: Images from Battle of the Atlantic expedition to survey a World War II battlefield off the coast of North Carolina. This is the first time these wrecks have been seen since they sunk in battle on July 15, 1942. As we continue to feature members of the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition team and how they ended up in the science field, meet Amanda Demopoulos, research benthic ecologist. Storms have battered the coast of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, for hundreds of years, and today is no exception. After spending a couple of days setting up survey gear and several days collecting data, the expedition research team had to abruptly suspended dive operations due to the high seas and strong winds for the time being. Radio signals do not effectively penetrate water, meaning that normal navigation systems such as GPS do not work for submersibles like the AUV Sentry. Instead, the main method used to track and communicate with submersibles is sound. Have you ever wondered how people become scientists? Throughout the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition, we'll be featuring members of the science team, learning how they ended up doing what it is that they do. First up is Shelby Bowden, multibeam processor.
Incredible images offer first glimpse of sunken WWII-era aircraft carrier; credit: OET

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