Roving the Floor of Crater Lake
August 21, 2006
Scientists set out this month to answer questions about the
large growth at the bottom of Oregon's Crater Lake, home of Mt.
Mazama, a volcano that erupted about 7,700 years ago.
A remotely operated vehicle system will be used to gather video
footage and test samples to determine how this natural community
fits into the lake's ecosystem. The research is being carried
out by representatives of Oregon State University, the National
Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Southern Oregon
The scientists will be using remotely operated vehicles to
explore the moss beds at the bottom of the lake. Pictured here
in all its post-moss-exploring glory is the USGS Towed Camera
System, which made its journey into the lake earlier this month.
The "moss beard" on the camera sled reflects an "unscheduled
contact" with the bottom.
Credit: Bob Collier, COAS, Oregon State University
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