Resting in less than three and a half metres of Caribbean seawater, the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Captain William Kidd as he raced to New York in an ill-fated attempt to clear his name. An underwater archaeology team from Indiana University announced the discovery of the remnants. IU marine protection authority Charles Beeker said his team has been licensed to study the wreckage and to convert the site into an underwater preserve, where it will be accessible to the public. Beeker, director of Academic Diving and Underwater Science Programs in IU Bloomingtonâs School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said it is remarkable that the wreck has remained undiscovered all these years given its location, just 21 metres (70 feet) off the coast of Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic, and because it has been sought actively by treasure hunters.
Australian Navy ship launches profilers to help climatologists predict deep ocean currents
The Royal Australian navy ship HMAS Adelaide, which was decommissioned in January 2007, is taking part in a futuristic project to help scientists predict the influence of climate change on deep-ocean currents. The RAN is working with the CSIROâS Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, to measure deep-open temperatures and currents through the development of robotic ocean profilers that are part of the Argo ocean monitoring programme. Argo is an international collaboration of more than 25 countries that collects temperature and salinity profiles from upper 2,000 metres of the ice-free global ocean.