Advances in Earth Science ›› 2013, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (5): 559-565. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2013.05.0559

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Applications of Tripods to DeepSea Observation

Li Jianru 1, Xu Jingping 2, Liu Zhifei 1   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China;2.United States Geological Survey, Santa Cruz CA 95060, USA
  • Received:2013-04-07 Revised:2013-04-26 Online:2013-05-10 Published:2013-05-10

Li Jianru, Xu Jingping, Liu Zhifei. Applications of Tripods to DeepSea Observation[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2013, 28(5): 559-565.

Tripods installed with various instruments, data loggers, and a recovery system, are selfcontained, fully submerged structures that can rest stably on the seafloor. These bottom measurement systems can be used for nearly nondisturbed and longterm investigations on the seafloor. In the past four decades, tripods have made significant contributions to our understanding of the ocean chemical, physical, biological and geological processes. Some discoveries in deepsea observation have also been made from tripod experiments. The paper reviews the concept, development history, and applications of tripods.

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