(Jackson, Wyo.) - "It is estimated that less than 1% of Yellowstone's microbes have been identified so far and it’s hard to predict what might be learned from those that have yet to be discovered. Many of these unknown species could be at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake right now, but the National Park Service does not have the tools needed to thoroughly characterize the Lake’s deep water ecosystem on their own." - From the "New Robot to Explore the Depths of Yellowstone Lake"
This is one of the many reasons that these scientists and engineers wish to
build a new robot, called "Yogi," to explore the depths of Yellowstone
Lake. This effort is lead by Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration
(GFOE), which described as "a non-profit engineering organization dedicated
to empowering the global science community with robotic tools to explore
the world’s oceans and large lakes."
The organization hopes to raise $100,000 to help fund the building of the
robot. This funding will be matched by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute to total $200,000 for the final "Yogi."
So far, $56,550 has been raised for the project with six days left. See the
Yellowstone Lake Robot Kickstarter page here:
*Feature Photo: Screenshot from the Yellowstone Lake Kickstarter Page.