04 April 2007

Dive Tending

How about this? You wake up in the morning, get some coffee and food in yer gut, then go to a meeting to discuss the possibility of two Antarctic divers being afflicted with nitrogen narcosis, or "The Rapture of the Deep". What would you do? This is a worst-case scenario situation here, but nonetheless it needs to be discussed and planned for, because anything can happen even when the best precautions are taken. After the meeting, I went to assist with dive tending for Chuck Amsler and Bill Baker, who went into the icy cold waters here near Palmer to search and collect specimens with which to conduct their research. Diving anywhere in the world can be somewhat risky, but here it's a different deal altogether. A leak in your dry suit can be life-threatening.

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