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MIR Dives. Notes from the Bottom of Lake Baikal

... ten minutes we hover to take a sample of water. The pilot, dexterously manipulating the “hands” with the help of joysticks, takes in water in a syringe and puts it into the basket fixed outside. ...The dive goes on. Now we are at the foot of the Akademicheskiy Ridge. The lake bottom under us resembles the moon surface, with animal holes for craters and winding traces for enigmatic writings. A multitude of crustaceans, incredibly sophisticated in their appearance, drift past the view port, like ...

Modified: 30.12.2009
MIR-1 , MIR-2 , gas hydrates , sponges , Baikal oilfish , Akademicheskiy Ridge
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