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  Researchers have conducted the deepest archaeological survey in Australian history to map a sunken Japanese World War II submarine After three years of work a team from Australia s Northern Territory NT government has created a 3D model of the Japanese I 124 submarine using specialized cameras mounted on underwater scooters I 124 with 80 crew on board sank off the coast of Darwin the NT capital in January 1942 after being hit by depth charges deployed by the Royal Australian Navy Just weeks after the submarine sank 236 people died during the Darwin bombing raid according to The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Due to the strong tides murky waters and underwater depth of 50 metres no survey of the site had ever been attempted until a team led by David Steinberg the NT government s chief heritage officer and maritime archaeologist found it explored Steinberg described the expedition as a breakthrough The level of precision and detail that has been captured is simply remarkable with these new technologies and new advances in mapping maritime wrecks he recently told News Corp Australia It s given us so much new information it s basically a game changer in the way we understand our wreck resource The 3D model will be used to determine how quickly the site is deteriorating and what can be done to preserve it The finds have been shared with the Japanese authorities and a container of sand from the seabed was to be shared with the families of the crew Xinhua
Australian divers complete 3-year study of sunken WWII Japanese submarine

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– Researchers have conducted the deepest archaeological survey in Australian history to map a sunken Japanese World War II submarine.

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After three years of work, a team from Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) government has created a 3D model of the Japanese I-124 submarine using specialized cameras mounted on underwater scooters.

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I-124 with 80 crew on board sank off the coast of Darwin, the NT capital, in January 1942 after being hit by depth charges deployed by the Royal Australian Navy.

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Just weeks after the submarine sank, 236 people died during the Darwin bombing raid, according to The Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Due to the strong tides, murky waters and underwater depth of 50 metres, no survey of the site had ever been attempted until a team led by David Steinberg, the NT government’s chief heritage officer and maritime archaeologist, found it. explored.

Steinberg described the expedition as a breakthrough.

“The level of precision and detail that has been captured is simply remarkable with these new technologies and new advances in mapping maritime wrecks,” he recently told News Corp Australia.

“It’s given us so much new information, it’s basically a game changer in the way we understand our wreck resource.”

The 3D model will be used to determine how quickly the site is deteriorating and what can be done to preserve it.

The finds have been shared with the Japanese authorities and a container of sand from the seabed was to be shared with the families of the crew. ■

(Xinhua)

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