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A small, portable, underwater instrument for measuring carbonate substrate bearing capacity in situ is described. The device was used in various shallow water (< 9 m) carbonate reef environments. Criteria for design and operation were based on ability to deliver controlled levels of stress to bearing plates of various sizes, operability underwater by scuba divers, transportability, and cost.
Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey, Office of Energy and Marine Geology, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, MA
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