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100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the cruiser USS San Diego : Findings of the Two-Year Interdisciplinary, Multi-Agency Inquiry

And now it can be told. An interdisciplinary team of ten US Federal agencies, the military, scientists and academicians collaborated on a two-year study of the wreck of USS San Diego on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its sinking, to determine definitely what happened that day. The study was undertaken in memory of the six sailors killed in the sinking. New technologies were employed in the study, including finite-element engineering modeling of the flooding and sinking timeline based on loads aboard the ship and interior compartmentalization, high density/definition photogrammetry mapping and side scan sonar analysis of the wreck, and underwater unmanned probes (AUV’s and ROV’s – autonomous underwater vehicle and remote-operated vehicle) equipped with laser beams to measure the structure.

Bugs and Beauty: Why we Dive the Channel Islands

Nestled in southwestern California, and straddling the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands is one of the United States’ most beloved, beautiful diving destinations. From San Miguel to the northwest, to San Clemente in the southeast, the island chain is renowned for its stunning displays of underwater life, made possible through lush kelp beds and unique geological playgrounds; combine these features with a strong natural bottom, and the result is a resplendent submerged menagerie filled with stellar attractions that urge scuba divers to return again and again. On its own, the Channel Islands makes for a superb addition to any recreational diver’s logbook, though each island (including individual recesses and swimthroughs) has its own distinct flavor worthy of another page; and when you get spectacular spiny lobster hunting, the attraction is manifold.

Cancún: A City of Warm People and Warm Beaches

Located on the Caribbean side of the Yucatán Península, Cancún rises as the most spectacular place to enjoy beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Founded in 1970, Cancún began tourist projects in 1974, and since then it has grown to be a home away from home for many visitors from all over the world. Cancún and its surrounding areas are located on mangrove jungles: a strip of hotels between a beautiful lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.

Big Dives in the Bluegrass State

Bordered between seven states, and straddling the lines between Midwest and southeast, Kentucky is a state known for many iconic features. Kentucky gave to the world the legendary boxing champion and activist Mohammed Ali; Colonel Harland Sanders and his closely guarded blend of 11 herbs and spices; Louisville Sluggers; Ale 8; legendary pioneer Daniel Boone. It’s a land formed and tempered by adventures of all sorts: connected by a trailblazing spirit, which still inhabits its sun-dappled foothills.

Nova Scotia: The Crown Jewel of Eastern Canada

Situated on northeastern Canada’s coastline, Nova Scotia is one of the country’s most stunningly beautiful provinces: with rolling hills, verdant forests, tranquil rivers, and a vibrant community sharped by maritime history, it’s no small wonder where “New Scotland” gets its namesake. Nova Scotia is a playground for shipwreck enthusiasts, a shining beacon for maritime historians, and a wonderland for anyone seeking adventures both rustic and cosmopolitan. And with 4,660 miles of coastline, and nearly 4,000 small islands, the crown jewel of eastern Canada offers exploration and adventure in all flavors.

Missouri: Serious Fun in America’s Gateway to the Great Outdoors

Adventure awaits the eager explorer in Missouri as the natural world shines on her beauty. Missouri beckons the adventurer with everything from bustling city life to underwater caves filled with mysterious pasts. This Midwestern state, covered by grassy plains and the forested Ozark Mountains boasts an incredible array of outdoor activities whether hiking, biking, or just taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Diving in Alberta’s Mountain National Parks

When thinking of scuba diving locations, one would not find high elevations covered in ice and snow for almost half of the year inviting.

Fossils and Wrecks: South Carolina At a Glance

South Carolina is a state destined for a vacationer’s shortlist

Destination Diving: Duluth to Isle Royale

A major metropolis straddling the southwestern edge of Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota is regarded as one of the Midwest’s premiere destinations for scuba exploration and outdoor adventure

Tacoma: City of Destiny

Article by Rick Stratton: Photos Courtesy Bandito Charters and Underwater Sports  Tacoma, the city of Destiny, is a hub of business and adventure. Located south of Seattle, it is home to over one hundred thousand, and full of fun places to visit. Tacoma has a rich history; it was founded in 1875 and named...

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