The elevator mooring is ready for deployment on the deck of the ship (left), and then is located on the bottom by Jason (right) so that it can transport equipment and samples to the seafloor and back.

The elevator mooring is ready for deployment on the deck of the ship (left), and then is located on the bottom by Jason (right) so that it can transport equipment and samples to the seafloor and back. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman, NSF/NOAA, Jason, Copyright WHOI.

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