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Aqua Survey in the News

Aug 08, 2019

Aqua Survey was featured in articles that appeared in New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, the Hunterdon County Democrat and online at NJ.com.

The article covered many topics, from our recent treasure find in Florida and our work in Laos mapping unexploded bombs and building schools to the geophysical surveying and sediment sampling we do back here in the states.

The online version of the article can be read here.

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In the Wake of the Argonauts

May 14, 2019

Dr. Dominique Gorlitz begins construction of the Abora IV, which will in part retrace the mythical voyage of Jason and the Argonauts.

Late last week the Abora team arrived in Bulgaria to set up base camp in the small industrial town of Belova. Their mission: begin construction of the Abora IV.

Dr. Dominique Gorlitz has a different journey in mind for the new vessel, which will resemble a scaled down version of the Abora III.

Commencing in Sochi, the Abora IV will traverse the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, passing through the perilous Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, ultimately spilling out into the Aegean Sea. In essence they will be recreating the first half of Jason and the Argonauts’ voyage in reverse.

Greek mythology dates Jason’s quest to around the year 1300 BC, shortly before the Trojan War. Gorlitz believes the actual stories of sea travel that inspired the myth date back much further. Remains of Mediterranean tribes and even Egyptians have been found in the Black Sea region that predate the Argonauts by millennia.

The crew is prepared to encounter many of the same hazards sailors of millennia past faced. They will also face modern dangers such as numerous cargo and passengers ships that dwarf their tiny reed vessel.

New challenges and an uncertain final destination await the crew in the Aegean.

In the words of Gorlitz, “We are facing [a] dangerous passage through the islands of the Aegean. Here we will not find wind force 10, but a lot of swells and dangerous island channels that will challenge all our skills and the seaworthiness of our new reed boat. I have great respect for this section, which is considered one of the most unpredictable in the whole Mediterranean Sea. At the moment I cannot predict what will be our final destination. However, we will do our very best to sail in the wake of the Argonauts as long as possible into the Mediterranean Sea.”

As of now the Abora IV does not have a firm sail date, but to quote Gorlitz, “The launch date for the expedition is inexorably advancing.”

We’ll keep you informed.

The Abora / Aqua Survey Connection

Aqua Survey has been a scientific sponsor of Gorlitz and the Abora mission since 2007 when we met them at a marina in Jersey City. That summer we towed the Abora III out to sea to begin its attempt at a transatlantic crossing.

Watch the video recap here.

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Read about how New World Drugs have been found in Egyptian Pharaohs.

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Case Study 92: Core Sampling in UXO Contaminated Waterways

Apr 29, 2019

Real-time metal detection eliminates need for pre-coring survey.

Client Needs: The client needed vibracore samples in an area known to contain UXO (unexploded ordnance). They were concerned about our electro-vibracore making contact with UXO.

An EM survey could have been performed to provide markout pre-coring, however this approach has several drawbacks:

• Increased time on the water for surveying and in the office for for post-processing the EM data; both leading to increased cost.

• Variability in GPS accuracy during survey and later vessel positioning error can lead to small variations in location.

• Traditional EM survey becomes less sensitive with sediment depth. A 20mm round may be easily detectable at 3ft but not necessarily 20ft.

Solution: Our patent in process EM Smartcore solves these problems. Utilizing a metal detecting EM nose cone at the end of a core barrel, the Smartcore essentially performs real-time markout during the coring process.

The EM Smartcore approach provides several key benefits:

• Eliminates days surveying on the water and associated office time processing data.

• Elimination of GPS Error – no room for error with variability of GPS during survey and reacquisition, removing all uncertainty of GPS error from markout survey and and reacquisition during coring activities.

• Deeper detection – a traditional EM survey has a limited detection depth. Since the Smartcore’s EM coil is on the tip of the core barrel, it will have an equally effective detection depth at a 20ft penetration as it would at a 1ft penetration.

Depending on depth needed Aqua Survey can perform 6-20 Smartcores a day.

Results: Utilizing our Smartcore services, our client saved time and money by eliminating the need for a pre-coring markout survey. Additionally, the Smartcore ensured greater safety by providing increased detection depth and eliminating any potential GPS inconsistencies.

What If: What if it wasn’t UXO but a utility the client was concerned about making contact with?


What If Solution:
The Smartcore provides all of the same benefits to avoiding contact with utilities as it does UXO. Additionally, because utility surveys are typically performed with a magnetometer, which only detects ferrous metals, the Smartcore’s EM nose cone provides an added benefit in that it detects both ferrous and non-ferrous

Want to know more?

Smartcoring eliminates the need to perform geophysical field surveys, subsequent data processing and charting prior to getting on the water to sample.

It’s also a sure way to greatly reduce the probability of coring equipment making contact with utilities, UXO or other metal objects. Our Smartcore technology allows our field teams to vibracore in areas known or suspected of having utility runs or UXO while maximizing the possibility of collecting cores safely and not making contact with metal objects.

If you’d like to learn more, reach out to with any questions.

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Request a Quote and get a Coin

Feb 11, 2019

Submit a request for a quote and receive an Ancient Roman Coin (at least 1,500 years old) as a token of our appreciation.

Aqua Survey supports archaeology, adventure and the exploration of history.  That’s why we’d like to share a small piece of it with you.

No need to do anything special.  Request a quote for our services between 2/11/19 and 3/31/19 and we’ll send you an Ancient Roman coin.

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Mysterious Rocks – Secret Glyph, a Privateer’s Pride or Heavy Lawn Ornament?

Oct 11, 2018

Has time forgotten the meaning behind these rocks? Do you have a theory?

Last week on an archeological project in Jamestown, RI we encountered a mysterious stone arrangement. Organized in a cross formation, they aligned perfectly with the four cardinal compass directions.

We were on the Cajacet homestead, built in 1690 by famous Privateer Thomas Paine. More infamous than famous in his day, Paine skirted the line between pirate and privateer and rubbed shoulders with questionable characters like Captain Kidd.

Ultimately achieving legitimacy and high status in New England colonial society, Paine left his outlaw tendencies behind. In 1690, his naval experience proved of instrumental value when he led a small fleet in open water combat against French ships attempting to raid Block Island, forcing the would-be invaders to retreat.

Various stories surround the rocks. Some claim they were put there by Thomas Paine himself. Others believe they were put there long before and held significance to an American Indian tribe. Some even speculate that Norsemen laid them long before the Dutch settled the area.

Whether it was the Native Americans, Norseman, Dutch or Paine himself, did they hold a hidden meaning or were they simply a source of pride for a man who amassed his wealth navigating the high seas?


If you have an insight or theory behind the origin of this “compass”, we’d love hear from you.

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Do you have a Rival?

Oct 04, 2018


ri-val

late 16th century: from Latin rivalis, originally in the sense ‘person using the same stream as another,’ from rivus ‘stream.’

Rivalries have been part of the world’s history: who gets water and how water gets shared has always been a big deal. Alison M. Jones of No Water No Life recently reminded us where the word rivalry comes from. It is such a key word when governments, citizens and industries square off.

Most elementary school kids had rivals at the water fountain right after recess on a hot spring day; competing for water rights. When there is a drought, sprinkler people, pool people and car washers square off with local ordinances. Ordinances are not always easy to follow (e.g., you can wash your car on even numbered days… provided the number of the day before ended in a vowel, the moon was full and your last name started with a consonant).

We are a niche provider of rather unique, waterborne services. Providing hard scientific data, our services often help resolve rivalries. Mostly, we pinpoint and characterize things that have gone missing: UXO (bombs), contaminants, murder weapons and treasure. It’s fascinating work. We are good at it. We enjoy offering these services worldwide.



A few pop culture rivalries:

-Newman vs Seinfeld
-Good vs Evil
-LeBron James vs Stephen Curry
-David vs Goliath
-Republicans vs Democrats
-Yankees vs Red Sox

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Jul 24, 2018

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Blue Peter Awards Gala 2018

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