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2.011 Ocean Systems Design Challenge Spring 2006 Introduction: You have been hired by an oceanographic research institute to find, map and collect data (especially temperature) from a field of hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic. There are many types of hydrothermal vents but generally they are formed by rifts in the earth’s crust near the bottom of the ocean. Water from a chamber under the sea floor is heated by the molten earth below and rises to the surface, due to buoyancy. The water temperature is very hot (400º-750ºC), but these vents still serve as a home to millions of microorganisms. This year’s 2.011 challenge will focus on designing and building an ROV outfitted with the necessary instrumentation to map and investigate a simulated vent field in a pool or tank. This project will give students a chance to collect data about the field from the sensors they build themselves. Points will be awarded for robustness, sensitivity, versatility of the vehicle, operability, and how useful the information will be for future
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