Researchers want to know what's on the bottom of Lake Tahoe and kicked off a month-long research program to study its clear waters Thursday, by launching a small submarine into its depths.
The Undersea Voyager Project Team says they are studying fault lines, tsunami hazards and any invasive species that lie beneath the surface.
Researchers selected Lake Tahoe because it's one of the deepest lakes in the world.
"We know we're going to find invasive species of the invertebrates, as well as the algae species that are here, but I'm also very interested in the cultural artifacts, sunken boats things of this nature," said Scott Cassell of the Undersea Voyager Project.
The human-piloted two-man submarine will conduct experiments up to 1,600 feet below the lake's surface. Officials say the procedures will serve as training for the crew, prior to their 27,000 mile circumnavigation of the world's oceans in addition to gathering information about the lake to share with the scientific community, the local community and others.
Using a human-piloted submarine, a remotely operated vehicle and volunteer dive team, the captain and crew will conduct the month-long experiments.
Officials say the Undersea Voyager Project is a non-profit organization established to circumnavigate and study the Earth's oceans--27,000 miles--at depths of 100 to 1,000 feet, utilizing human-piloted submersibles.
They say the project will advance and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, their interrelationship with climate, and human impact on the marine environment to a global audience.
According to a news release from organizers, the project would "blow out of the water the late marine expert Jacques Cousteau's alleged claim, 'the world is not ready for what's beneath Lake Tahoe.'"
NOTE: with the amount of UFO activity in the area I wouldn't be surprised if this research team has Unidentified Submerged Objects (USOs) on their list for possible discovery. Stay tuned...Lon