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04/04/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/04/2019 16:49

Undersea Exploration at the Camden Public Library April 11

Posted April 04, 2019

As part of Maritime Month at the Camden Public Library, Karl McLetchie of SeaKnowledge will report on recent deepsea explorations, using photos and video from scientific and archaeological explorations. SeaKnowledge is a marine operations and design company dedicated to applying the latest technologies to ocean exploration. During his presentation at the library on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, McLetchie will cover archaeological, biological, and geological discoveries from around the world at depths down to 6,000 meters (3.7 miles!). He will also describe the unique engineering challenges associated with exploring these extreme depths, and conclude with a discussion about some of the human impacts he has observed in these remote underwater environments.

Karl McLetchie is an ocean engineer working through his contracting company SeaKnowledge to apply new technology to underwater research and exploration. He supports all aspects of research missions - from vehicle and sensor design to seafloor mapping to shipboard support systems and operations logistics. Through dozens of expeditions that have taken him all over the world, from the South Pacific to the Black Sea, Karl has learned to appreciate and anticipate the challenges of exploring the deep sea. His main client is currently the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration.

Karl grew up spending summers on the coast of Harrington, Maine, where he developed a desire to learn what was just out of sight over the horizon and down in the depths. He received his Bachelor of Science (2002) and Master of Science (2004) degrees in ocean and mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008, he started his own contracting company, SeaKnowledge. When not at sea, Karl resides in Pemaquid, Maine, with his wife and young daughter.