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The Jeremy Project
Explore the Arctic Circle!

What Is The Jeremy Project? The sea is mysterious, powerful, and secretive. Ancient processes that began millions of years ago are still played out beneath the waves of the world's oceans; oceans that contain the power to create, and the power to destroy man's most intricate designs. The "Jeremy Project" has been devised as a means of getting closer to an understanding of the sea and the relationship that man has had with it through time. By using NASA's latest technological advances in the form of unmanned submersibles, visual equipment, and computer software, we aim to make the marine environment more accessible to scientists, students, and those who may simply be curious.

The main goal of the "Jeremy Project" in its first year will be to apply NASA's space technology to marine archaeology. More specifically, we will be using Mars Pathfinder mapping programs, originally designed for mapping and analyzing the geological features of dry planetary surfaces, to map shipwreck sites. This will be accomplished by using the Pathfinder technology in conjunction with remotely operated submarines. The importance of mapping to archaeologists will be discussed in more detail later, but suffice for now to say that mapping underwater sites as accurately as possible is of uttmost importance. The positions of objects underwater can tell archaeologists a lot; not only about the ship, but also about the people who sailed it: how did they live? Where were they from? Why were they on the ocean at all? These questions, along with many others, will be considered. It is our hope that NASA's technology will make underwater archaeology more efficient and more accurate, and therefore give us a better picture of how we have historically related to the sea.

The Future of the Project: As mentioned above, the first year of this project will be more a test of the application of NASA technology to marine archaeology than any sort of excavation at the whaling ship site. However, if the "Jeremy Project" proves to be successful, we are looking forward to many more excursions in the future, including one in 1999; if the "lost fleet" is located, it is certainly a possibility that more work and analysis will be conducted on it. More than anything else, it is our hope that this cooperative project will be used as a stepping stone for scientists in the future in order to learn about mankind's past and continuing relationship with the sea.

      Thanks to Mark Fujikawa of DeAnza College for supplying information and sources on the Teredo navalis clam.

This Quest Project Web page
was last updated on July 5, 1998.



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