According to recent reports, scientists are using 3D imaging to study Lake Huron’s shipwrecks. This new method of investigation has been long awaited by marine divers, who have been preparing the new project for a long time.
Lake Huron is one of the five biggest lakes in North America, spanning itself on a 51,700 square mile surface. Over the time, it has been the witness of many historical events and, therefore, it is valued as a rich source of geological traces. In 1913, ten ships sank therein during a powerful storm leaving scientists with many shipwrecks to study.
Shipwrecks in the proximity of Michigan belong to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which is responsible with the surveillance of the region. The marine institution has made long expeditions on the Michigan coast in search of lost traces of ships. Every scientific quest they have made has been carefully documented and thousands of pictures were gathered by divers.
Yet, there was something missing. Scientists felt the need to make deeper analyses. As a consequence, they have purchased a new 3D imaging software that allows them to convert existing photos into highly accurate images.
The software preserves both the normal and the 3D perspective, so scientists can compare the two images at all times. Joe Hoyt, one of the divers taking part in previous missions, is very pleased and confident with the new computer program.
He has stated that the marine research institution has long requested grants to purchase the 3D imaging tool. This has not been possible until today, but better late than never as they say. Hoyt has confessed that this is the first important project that the administration has rolled out in the past years.
There could be many uses drawn from the integration of the new 3D imaging technology. Scientists plan to employ the computer software to analyze the surface of the shipwrecks inch by inch. A minute investigation of the shipwrecks could help them make important historical discoveries.
Tourism near Lake Huron could have many benefits from the use of the 3D software. The accurate images will most certainly attract many visitors and convince them to support similar missions in the lakes of North America.
So far, the damaging process of the shipwrecks could not have been in any way prevented. By watching these accurate 3D images, researchers think they can help preserve the shipwrecks for a longer period of time.
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