Lawmakers Scuba Dive to Undersea Lab in Fla. Keys
Source: The Miami Herald
July 21, 2012
"South Florida congressional representatives are scuba diving to an undersea research lab that's set to shut down.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration owns the Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The lab allows scientists studying coral reefs to live and work underwater for days at a time without needing to come up for air.
But the Obama administration has cut the lab's $3 million annual funding. Unless private funding is secured, Aquarius will close. It's the last government-funded underwater research lab."
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