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to me this is the most important part of the year. when you come here your one on one with you forget all about civilization. spots left people with a passion for exploration dive down deep. of scientific research. hunting for treasures from times past. is one of possibilities unimaginable.
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hi glad to see. the sure of the black sea every year for the last fifteen. straight. it separates ukrainian crimea from russian territory. in one thousand nine hundred three during world war two the most terrible battles shook this region. distrait waters dozens of soviet and german ships sunk in around the same time. the explanation members have only four days to explore the ships at the top of the list is a soviet armored boat sunk in the summer of one nine hundred forty three. there were two gun terrorists our task is to look over everything here and prepare a detailed report. according to satellite imaging the boat is not far from the
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shore and is at a considerably shallow depth. however the divers are not expecting much from the first dish even knowing its exact location they doubt they'll find a boat in the opaque waters of the black sea. but if i go. first erin one tank will be sufficient for two hours according to the schedule the initial dive is not to last more than forty minutes but the for about an hour under the surface when they come up the reason for the delay becomes apparent they found their boat if. it.
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was there we saw the gun tower the. thick there is a part of the gun tower and the machine. will write down a description in a minute for. at the same time several thousand kilometers to the east another expedition is setting off from the bank of the world's deepest freshwater lake lake baikal. the people on this march floating on a huge lake is the same as being in outer space this. of themselves as astronauts of the aquatic world and their deep sea submersibles look much like spacecraft. meet mir one engineer two machines designed during the soviet period back in the one nine hundred eighty s. these watercraft can dive to a depth of six thousand meters however they won't need to reach the dead keep in my car is the deepest parts of the lake are within one and
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a half kilometers of the surface. me of two dead fourteen hundred fifteen minutes is at the boss from. the motorboat to near one finish taking samples begin the baling. it's the third expedition of the submarines in my call within two months the hydra nuts plan to perform many experiments during dozens of individual dives. which with us move abroad this time we will perform a very accurate exploration in order to make a water analysis chart find out the chemical composition of the sediment and to finish the research on the geology old lake by call of. good luck on the sofa we go. let the expedition begin.
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five men a dog and then both own physio for travelling the expedition starts in st petersburg their destination the russian river volkov. just where sail into the river volkov. is one of the areas where we try to tricky old water routes in olden times the majority of trips where. as predicament ends you sail over the sea and to the mouth of a river and then head upstream to a certain city. many boats stayed in a permanent moring along st petersburg him banquets many ships were turned into restaurants but the explorers are not interested in these boats they're attracted by untouched history such as the sunken vessels. by sea you experience the strongest emotions when you dive and finding you want to achieve and see things nobody would expect. there are many
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ships in the gulf of finland having seen any by me. the next day the expedition heads across lake la to go to the river it's an old russian waterway and a real paradise for underwater explores. the google groups were used in a trade. to use a different circumstances. when a ship sinks it stays at the river. and ends up being slowly colorless sand and silt. if you try to find the old ships. and how they worked. it's a plus thirty here because you have to dress as if you were the north pole. it's
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like a skiing outfit. on the right. members of the expedition start their work early in the morning. drop saying above the place they believe a merchant ship was sunk. a few brief instructions before the dive this sunken target sits in relatively shallow water and they'll be able to evaluate what state it's in. it lays along and it's rather big. so you can move. oh maybe closer to the shore and simply move forward i think you'll find the ship. i'm ready. the first dive last for half an hour but it's not as easy as they thought the visibility is poor and has to disappoint his colleagues.
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to the bottom. up with. it's not the same as in the red sea. they're colleagues looking for ships from the second black sea however positive result. video taken a depth of seven meters clearly showing. from a german shell. after the first successful dive alexander head of the expedition formulates a plan on how to lift a fragment of the sunken armored boat. around it. and then we'll see if there is a shell left inside. the first day of the expedition comes
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to an end. with oxygen divers go for a walk to have a look around. this truly long the sure is related to research to a soviet squadron was here in one thousand nine hundred three. divers normally go underwater tonight they're going underground a long time ago soldiers would go through these dark damp corridors they bring shells here and take the wounded to a safe place quite often members of the expedition do things unrelated to underwater research their own mini cable ducts and this must be an emergency exit for fifteen years businessman alex has been funding expeditions to the black sea in search of sunken ships. i was born in ukraine year and as a child i used to dive with a mask and
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a snorkel looking for sunken ships. and world war two landing craft. that's how i got interested in it. but well it's on the yoke and makes it back to dive in the black sea only once a year. i can't live without the sea. diving when the first appeared in the soviet era initially he was interested in the traces of ancient greek settlements not artifacts of war. yeah. you know i once found a well under water but. there was a lot of anxious to go on for as scattered around it would go. on and when i took one of them out i wanted to show it to everybody right away that i had it straight from the surface and jumped out of the water with the in my hand but. this
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second day of the mirror expedition starts with some routine work but not all of it up but this is our laboratory where we store our samples in refrigerators. there are some freezers or tables and other things little boards because of the living quarters and here is the toilets. and this is where we sleep an expedition just came in they're making themselves at home. illegally stuff from the bike call research institute will be our guide today he's probably the most anxious one waiting for the exhibition to begin only near submersibles are capable of reaching the depths needed to confirm his theory of how gas hydrates are formed some called these unique deep water compounds of water and methane the fuel of the future. these will be no we're going to the latest four hundred meters deep in this about the gas hydrates become unstable above this level that we want to use this gas to
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form a hydrant on the surface but we're going to record it on video to measure the temperature they do if they need. mirrors are capable of remaining under water for up to two days working on their own i nag is planning to spend at least eight hours looking for gas hydrates this scientists opportunities are limited as each dive cost several thousand dollars the next opportunity to see the bottom of the lake probably won't come anytime soon. wealthy british style. time to cut. markets why not this kind of. find out what's really happening to the global
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members of the expedition have a lot to do by themselves including cooking. to make this stage we will need
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a lot of a few carrots. is usually made we. have none so we just use poultry. meanwhile the senior researcher is trying to figure out when the ship they're studying was built. is a russian ship the construction technique is russian weekend in term and it's age as of now let's just say it was built in the eighteenth century. however is the first shows detailed inspection could be a problem strong currents and murky waters make it hard to get a good look at the ship the divers maneuvers itself in position to drop anchor right above the ship. which is ready you can.
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we'll pull him out later he won't make it on his own with such a weight. an expedition to both of sunken ships is no punishment for these divers it's a vacation professional divers get their money from doing different kinds of work they spend most of their year studying the bottom of the baltic sea where russia is currently building a valuable gas pipeline. is more difficult and the schedule is far tighter. person usually visual association you know that if a man finds himself lost. in the forest or tundra or any other place that has no clear landmarks starts going around in circles one leg is always stronger than the other one i have experienced this myself and it's the same on the water stronger than the other one. finally finds the four meters below the surface.
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covered in silt the ship is barely visible. over an hour underwater every minute he's at risk of being in tangled in the ship's fishing tackle. if you. ever ship has them that when there are many there in the vocal river the people have been on them up for decades and all from the nets end up lost so they quinta boats and are dragged across the bottom and if you look at some ships you'll see that there are clumps of nets stuck to him and you have to be very careful not to get cold when visibility is this bad the worst thing is to get snagged with the a valve in that case he will have to reach around your back to. the diver friendly comes to the surface he was successful this time and the ship can be identified.
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here are the right nails. we see the quality they iron is clear without corrosion it points to the rather great age of the ship. sundries favorite design. this ship is loaded up with slabs of limestone the most valuable local community. doesn't have a stone or a. four hundred meters deep depression is forty times as great is that on the surface complete darkness rains down here. and the only. is separated from the hostile environment by a thick layer of extra glass i've we have selected several samples the main thing is that we have found gas hydrates at the slope of the bed deposits i've the second finding out by town i.
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stopped right above the place where these unique chemical compounds. from the depths. of finding we were also. found the second point where are the surfaces. crews felt like when they sit in the atlantic ocean to shoot footage eventually shown around the world. revealed the name of a sunken ship. i
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can see he was easy to work with. was a pleasure. but i know that every time he comes. up with and. are always complicated. rumors about coming to lake baikal have been circulating ever since the expedition began not everyone believed a famous director would make the dives. mr cameron couldn't turn down an invitation from. each the two had worked together on titanic. design went well it was very calm creative even. we had a rendezvous with mir two at the bottom we moved smoothly in silence.
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james cameron celebrated his fifty sixth birthday right before taking the plunge when he resurfaced he called it one of the most remarkable experiences he's ever had. this completely unique situation deepest freshwater lake in the world it felt like being at the bottom of the ocean. this in petersburg divers expedition on the river is about to conclude they found several sunken russian barges over a five day period using sonar to go in. or smaller weighing a sandbank. i'm sure we'll run into a ship since qantas numbers of them well you have sunk here over a thousand years. if you can see the shoreline here.
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and this silhouette is probably a ship. our vessel will soon turn around and then we'll try inspecting it again. but still they can't manage to get a good look at the ships. it's hard to. put it on the table but wait. on this one since it's colored and that's. the visibility is only twenty centimeters down there so you crawl around constantly getting caught up on the net with. the divers and crew still consider the expedition a success their main objective of finding the sunken ships and charting them on maps has been completed. meanwhile on the shores of the black sea.
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preditions is nearing its end the tenting jim and will be gone tomorrow but there's still time for one last dive to the submerged ship. the ship. is located seven meters from the surface. of a sunken ship it's a dream he can touch. in this time. to get to google i think through ten days to spend here were quite fruitful of. course we couldn't bring up deterred but i think next year will be better. than.
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the expedition traditionally ends with the seaside picnic stories of shipwrecks are told along with several inciting tales nearly running out of oxygen tomorrow these tents will disappear from the coast of the cursed strait. the home of compressors pushing oxygen. into cylinders will fall silent and nobody will see the wreckage of ships hidden in a massive money water until next year. to be soon which brightened if you move the bounce from phones to impressions.
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