Ocean expedition brought to Central Falls classroom

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Students at Central Falls High School were taken on a deep sea expedition through the Pacific Ocean on Thursday without having to leave the classroom.

The expedition is taking place 3,000 miles away from the high school, but students were able to speak with renowned explorer and University of Rhode Island (URI) Oceanographer Professor Robert Ballard and fellow researchers through a live video link while they were on a research vessel.

“The age of exploration on our planet is just beginning, not ending, and the oceans are our final, unexplored frontier,” Ballard said.

Ballard and fellow researchers are currently aboard the EV Nautilus, where vehicles are exploring deep water regions located southeast of the Davidson Seamount in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The EV Nautilus is exploring a flat seafloor that has large coral forests, sponge fields, crabs and other rare and unidentified species.

The event was set up to showcase the importance of educational support for ocean science. Ballard is known for his discovery of the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.

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