On The Belize Whale Shark Expedition we are studying whale sharks in the country of Belize, in Central America, by the Caribbean Sea. 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. We will be scuba diving and hiking. 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!
UNDERWATER STROBES - Special camera flashes designed for use with the underwater cameras.
HOUSING FOR DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA - A special plastic case that the digital video camera goes inside. This case allows us to take the camera underwater and take underwater video and the digital pictures that you see in our daily expedition journals.
UNDERWATER VIDEO LIGHTS - Special lights designed for use with the underwater video cameras.
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. On our expedition we use our computer to store and process the photos and videos we take, draw pictures, write our journals, record our data, use it as a calculator, send and receive email, design our and manage this web site, and surf the web, Without this powerful, portable computer our interactive, Internet expedition would not be possible.
EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE - Our laptop internal hard drive is not large enough to hold all our photo so this gives us extra storage space for our digital photos.
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