The best way for students to catch a glimpse of undersea life has almost always been a field trip to the aquarium. But within a few years, teachers could have a new technology resource at their disposal that turns part of the Pacific Ocean into a round-the-clock observation tank accessible from school computer labs.

Labeled the NEPTUNE Project—for Northeast Pacific Time Series Undersea Networked Experiments—this University of Washington-led initiative would place nearly 2,000 miles of fiber-optic cable deep below the water's surface in an effort to record marine life as it exists in its natural habitat. The


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