"The high cost of working in the oceans is forging partnerships between organizations that have not traditionally worked together.In case hominids decide to go down there and spend some serious time, it's good to know that travel is easy and fuel efficient.
Partnerships are being formed to support ventures that previously were the sole domain of government. For example, Aquarius, the world’s only underwater laboratory, was removed from operation in the summer of 1996 because of lack of sufficient funding. Through an innovative plan with private industry, the university community, and a private foundation, it was reconfigured and modernized to reduce operational costs, and returned to service in the fall of 1997. Additional alliances to advance ocean interests are being encouraged and supported through the Congressionally created National Oceanographic Partnership Program."The Legendary Ocean: The unexplored frontier
Photo: The Pacific Ocean