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Google-funded sea research vessel sets sail

August 1, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive is setting sail from San Francisco to study a so-called “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 272-foot (83-meter) vessel called Falkor was scheduled to leave port Thursday.

The ship carries an unmanned submarine that will travel deep into the ocean off Vancouver Island to study an area where all sea life dies each year from a periodic lack of oxygen.

The Falkor is funded by the Schmidt Ocean Science Institute, co-founded by Google executive Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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