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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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April 6, 2017 at 13:35

why did it take them so long to discover how sand and mud flows on the ocean floor!

Samuel Malone

April 6, 2017 at 10:21

Fascinated by how it works and the data provided

Zanna Smith

April 6, 2017 at 10:21

Fascinated by the possible use of the smart boulder to help us predict tsunamis triggered by largescale underwater avalanches.


April 6, 2017 at 08:23

I think this is really interesting - i would love to know more about the underwater world and im excited to see what we find!

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