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Cousteau To Spend A Month In Underwater Keys Lab

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Aquarius Reef Base (Source: CBS4)

Aquarius Reef Base (Source: CBS4)

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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) – In order to conduct research on the underwater effects of climate, the grandson of ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau plans to spend a month in an underwater research lab in the Keys.

Fabien Cousteau and a team of filmmakers and scientists will dive to Aquarius Reef Base on Sept. 30.  Over the next 31 days they’ll do research and test experimental equipment.

Aquarius sits 66 feet below the ocean’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s owned by the U.S. government and managed by Florida International University. The base allows researchers to scuba dive up to nine continuous hours a day without needing to return to the surface or decompress.

Cousteau’s team also will study the physiological and psychological effects of prolonged confinement and long-term saturation diving.

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