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Scientists get ship backed by Google executive

At top: The RV Falkor and the submersible Nereus. Above: scientists aboard the Falkor. Below: a Google Earth image of the Gulf of Mexico. Far left: The Falkor crew lowered gear while exploring a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Oregon. Photos at left: Wendy Schmidt, and Julie Huber of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.
Scientists travel aboard the Falkor. Below: a Google Earth image of the Gulf of Mexico.Credit:

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The RV Falkor, an 83-meter, steel-hulled ship, is a newcomer to the world of oceanographic research. But the Falkor’s backers have helped make the vessel an immediate power in oceanography. They are Wendy Schmidt and her husband, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Internet giant Google. Schmidt knows more than a little about mapping the world, and the couple are not only very wealthy, but committed to using their money to protect and explore the environment.

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