Unidentifid FLOATING object, that is.
On our way home from the gym this morning we noticed something reflecting the sun, shiny aluminum and out of ordinary, in the harbor. It turned out to be the largest and newest research vessel belonging to Coastal Carolina University. Behind it are two smaller research vessels belonging to Coastal Carolina that remain docked in Georgetown all the time.
The 54-foot aluminum research vessel is "equipped with state-of-the-art sea floor mapping/geophysical survey systems, six research workstations, a hydraulic A-frame (3-ton lift capacity) and dive platform." It can hold 22 passengers and has a cruising range of 500 miles.
It was purchased for use by graduate and doctoral students in CCU's marine science program for research in monitoring hurricane prediction systems offshore and for study of environmental factors that affect the ocean. A sonar is mounted on the front that can rotate down below the catamaran hull and align with GPS receivers and motion sensors to make a geophysical map of the sea. Students have assisted the US Geological Survey in mapping the ocean floor out to a distance of over five miles from the coast of South Carolina.
A winch over the rear of the boat has an 8,000-pound lift capacity for deploying heavy research equipment. It is used to deploy the new sensor buoys used in CCU’s new hurricane model to forecast severe weather conditions.
So many opportunities for college students today. When I contemplated my education after high school, I knew of three courses of study to choose from: nurse, teacher, or secretary. I enjoyed teaching, but with all the career choices available to young people today, I like to muse upon which one I might have chosen had it been possible 50 years ago.
Any idea what you might have chosen