Time, Funding Running Out for Undersea Lab ‘Aquanauts’ Use to Study Coral Reef Change off Fla.
Source: The Washington Post
July 19, 2012
"IN THE OCEAN OFF KEY LARGO, Fla. — Ocean explorer Sylvia Earle sported one Rolex dive watch on each wrist as she slipped beneath the balmy waters of the Florida Keys for a weeklong stay at an undersea research lab where marine biologists have kept constant watch on a coral reef.
In 1970, Rolex gave Earle a small gold watch when she led the first team of women “aquanauts” to a lab off the U.S. Virgin Islands. Back then, prolonged underwater exploration was still something of a novelty.
She got a larger black dive watch not long before arriving in Key Largo last week for what could be the last mission for her and other scientists to the Aquarius Reef Base."
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