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Title: Checking Tripod Release Mechanism
Description: As part of an investigation of the mechanisms of coastal change in the Carolinas (http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/cccp/index.html), instrumented tripods were deployed on Diamond Shoals near Cape Hatteras, NC. These tripods recorded data quantifying the currents, waves, turbidity, temperature and salinity at several levels near the seafloor between January and April 2009. More information about the oceanographic measurements typically made by the USGS sediment transport group is available at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/pubs/of2007-1194/. Proper operation of the release is required for recovery of the instruments after several months deployed on the seafloor, so they are always carefully inspected before deployment.
Location: Cape Hatteras, NC, USA
Date Taken: Jan 1 2009
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