All in a Day's Work
Photograph by Stephen Low, SLP
Longtime workhorse of the deep sea, the Alvin submersible doubles as diving board for a crew member who has helped secure the sub for loading aboard the research vessel Atlantis. With room enough for only one pilot, a cameraman, and a massive IMAX camera, Alvin recently dived to depths of 12,000 feet (3,700 meters) during an ambitious effort to film hydrothermal vents on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The film, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, will show deep-sea ventsand the strange life that surrounds themin far greater detail than has ever been seen before.