Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss Exhibit
January 21 - May 7, 2017
Discover the mysteries of the ocean's greatest depths in this new, interactive deep-sea exhibit. Newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions.
Geologic forces deep within the earth drive the great crustal plates of our planet, building sea floors with hydrothermal vents, displaying the magnificent engineering feats of Mother Nature. EXTREME DEEP, designed for ages 6 and older, introduces us to the critical role that biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration and technology play in understanding our world and its future.
Alvin Personnel Sphere Interactive: Approach a recreation of the interior of an Alvin sphere to prepare for a dive, then complete a checklist of tasks to prepare the submersible to "dive."
Robot Arm Interactive: Watch through a 4-inch viewport window--just like Alvin's window--and attempt to operate Alvin's robotic arm.
Alvin Arm Artifact: It's the real thing! Touch and manipulate the claw of a real Alvin arm. This is the essential tool on Alvin used by scientists to collect biologic and geologic specimens for examination from the ocean floor.
Types of Vehicles: Using colorful puzzle pieces, visitors can build a high-tech submersible, then let the pieces fall and try again.
Vent Sites Video: "Swim with the fishes" (almost) by viewing astonishing video footage of three different vent sites, (1) 9 degrees North off of the coast of Mexico, (2) Juan de Fuca Ridge off of the coast of Washington state, and (3) the Mid Atlantic Ridge, smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Biological/Geological Specimens: Examine deep-sea life--biologic and geologic specimens. Five-foot tube worms, see-through crabs, and other fragile-yet-tough creatures thrive more than three miles below the ocean's surface. These other-worldly creatures live on a diet of hydrogen sulfide and bacteria, nestled snuggly around volcanic vents in near freezing water.
ROV Pilot: Explore the wreck of the Titanic as the ROV pilot. Manipulate this ROV and work with another guest to spot and identify surface details on the deck of the sunken vessel.
Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.