BED on sand

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April 6, 2017

When a huge underwater avalanche occurred off the coast of California in January 2017, scientists got their first real understanding of how sand and mud flows across the ocean floor. This smart boulder is the first scientific equipment to withstand the pressure and movement at the base of an underwater avalanche, and reveal what actually happens deep below the ocean surface.

Lottie, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

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22 comments on 'Can this boulder help us study underwater avalanches? '

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May 14, 2017 at 11:14

Boulders are very useful for understanding t corruption and hidden earthquakes in the water

chitra - india

May 12, 2017 at 13:05

i think the avalanches are common undersea phenomenon. if the under water currents can be studied for speed, pressure,directions and other related data, avalanches can be predicted.


May 6, 2017 at 15:10

This research rocks, I was really bould over by it.


April 24, 2017 at 10:45

I think that smart boulders can really give insight to our earths system as water is one that is vastly undiscovered.


April 20, 2017 at 13:46

If this boulder has the navagational system of the Nintendo Wii , Why hasnt this been made before.

andrew 6

April 20, 2017 at 09:35

how come underwater avalanches are so powerful ?


April 19, 2017 at 12:28

hello i am 11 but i am curius what effect will this project do due to avalaches . i always thought avlanches hapened duet to titonic plates colliding .


April 18, 2017 at 16:05

this is a fantastic idea! gr8 way 2 find out more about the earth


April 18, 2017 at 14:22

this just goes to show the advances in technology, now one fo climate controls and waste.


April 13, 2017 at 12:03

fascinating. however, prior to reading this i hadnt heard about it, why arent we made more aware of it?


April 12, 2017 at 15:57

I think that the 'boulder' will be helpful, but they need to work on a way of making it water tight.


April 11, 2017 at 14:23

Has it helped identify any major incidents yet under water. I think this boulder could help us discover tsunamis in the future and save lives

matthew gleed

April 11, 2017 at 14:10

i wonder how deep the canyon is in new zeland an how they get there.


April 11, 2017 at 13:52

This is extremely interesting that cables go underwater. They must be well wrapped up otherwise the water would shock you!


April 11, 2017 at 11:59

this is a good way to reaserch what is under the sea and what the mud and sand is like.

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