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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

URI exploration of sunken U-boat to be streamed live on Rhode Island PBS

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Courtesy of URI Graduate School of Oceanography

A team of University of Rhode Island oceanographers, engineers and students will spend four days in September investigating the underwater remains of a German U-boat sunk in one of the last World War II naval battles in the Atlantic, a battle that took place in Rhode Island waters. And the entire expedition will be streamed live so the public can watch every minute of it as it happens.

During the expedition Sept. 2 to 6 aboard URI’s research vessel Endeavor, scientists and historians will examine the condition of the wrecked submarine U-853, create a high-definition map of the site, and investigate the marine life around the sunken vessel.

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USA Today recently reported that a team of scientists at URI found that a mysterious blast that occurred at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett came from hydrogen released by the corrosion of an old copper cable. It took investigators nearly two weeks to determine the cause of the July 11 explosion. Gov. Gina Raimondo said, “I’m grateful to the extraordinary scientists at URI, especially the team from the Graduate School of Oceanography, whose hard work led to this explanation. Having the talent and research expertise of the teams at URI to turn to for quick results has proven invaluable.”

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