January 3, 2013—A National Geographic Explorer has invented a portable underwater habitat that allows divers to more easily decompress when ascending from the deep.
Science sinks to new lows and that's a great thing for divers.
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Today, we're off to the Bahamas Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Deep water coral reefs are a new frontier in ocean exploration. But until now, the complexities of working at water depths of more than 250 feet made studying there extremely difficult.
National Geographic's Mike Lombardi has invented a portable dive habitat that helps scientists work at these depths.
Humans have to endure long decompression delays as they surface—for their bodies to adjust to the changing water pressures.
Mike's habitat eases these tedious wait times by allowing divers to take off their masks, stay warm and even eat.
Easier decompressions means divers can stay at depth longer, giving them more time to study and explore.
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