Expeditions require various types of equipment. The type of equipment required depends on a number of things that include: season, weather, altitude, locations, duration, etc. For The Reefs Wrecks and Pirates Expedition, we are exploring the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, for three weeks, during the winter. We will be scuba diving, hiking, and climbing. All the these things must be considered as we plan on the equipment we will need to make complete our expedition.
Think about past explorers and their expeditions. What were the pieces of equipment these explorers took with them? If these same explorers were making their expeditions today what are the modern pieces of equipment that these explorers probably take with them?
MASK - This covers our eyes and nose lets us see clearly underwater.
AIR TANK - A metal container that safely holds that air we breathe underwater. When empty our air tank is refilled with a special air pump, called an air compressor.
DIVE KNIFE - This is not a weapon. This is a tool we use underwater for cutting, prying, digging, pounding, measuring.
NIKONOS UNDERWATER CAMERAS - Special cameras designed for taking still pictures underwater using film.
NIKONOS UNDERWATER CAMERA LENSES - Nikonos underwater cameras have different lenses that can be changed for taking pictures of very large things (like manatees) very small things, or things very close up. THESE LENSES CANNOT BE CHANGED UNDERWATER!
NIKON CAMERA LENSES - Nikon cameras have different lenses that can be changed for taking picture of very large things, very small things, things far away or things very close up.
FILTERS - Filters screw onto the front of the camera lenses. Filters can protect the camera lenses from scratches, reduce glare from the sun (like sunglasses for camera lenses), add colors to our pictures, and allow us to do special effects photography.
FLASHES - Special strobe lights that allow us to take pictures in the dark, in the shade, or in dim light.
TRIPOD - A 3-legged stand that we can attach our camera to for taking pictures.
GPS - This instrument uses navigation satellites (Global Positioning Satellites), circleing the earth, to determine our exact position on the earth. Using position data this gps device maps our route, shows us the direction we are heading, our speed, how long until we reach our final destination, and who to return to our staring point. This gps device allows us to store location positions in its memory so we can return to locations again.
LAPTOP COMPUTER - Our laptop computer alllows you to join us on our underwater expeditions. With this small, light computer we can: store and process the photos we take, draw pictures, write our teacher guides, record our data, use it as a calculator, send and receive email, design our and manage this web site, surf the web, editi our videos, watch movies, and play games. Our computer is powered by a rechargable battery. We can plug our computer into our desktop computer at home to transfer files and information between both computers. Without this powerful, portable computer our interactive, Internet expedition would not be possible.
FLOPPY DISC DRIVE - A device that allow our computer to read from and record on computer floppy disks. (Our computer has a separate floppy disc drive.)
CD/DVD DRIVE - A device that allow our computer to read and write from and to CD-ROM's. Our CD/DVD drive can read computer CD-ROM's and also play music computer games CD-ROM's, and watch DVD movies, too.(Our computer has a built-in CD/DVD drive.)
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