Separated by Milliseconds – Trans-Continental Education Programs

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Rutgers students broadcast live from the RU COOLroom with scientists from the University of Washington currently on board the research ship R/V Thompson, 300 nautical miles off the coast of Oregon. 

RUCOOL session with John Delaney

Students and teachers on both ends engaged in a live discussion about video footage of a recent lava flow that formed 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean just a few months ago in April. The remotely operated vehicle (ROV), ROPOS, is being used by a team of scientists to survey and assess the Axial Seamount in search of possible locations to install infrastructure and science instruments as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program.

Screenshot session

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