National Geographic : 2004 May
carry out the careful excavation of deep-sea wrecks, and for their activities to be broadcast live via satellite to scholars and students back on the beach over Internet2, the next-generation network not yet available to the public. Once the kinks are worked out, research vessels laden with ROVs would begin systematically searching the deep for wrecks of antiquity. If Ballard were a patient man, he would never have accomplished half of what he has. But this is especially exasperating. After raising the necessary funds and recruiting brilliant engi neers to design and build his advanced hard ware, here he is, twisting in the wind on a Turkish dock, thwarted by the lack of an official seal on some paperwork. Then again, Ballard, whose detective grand father was killed in a gunfight in Wichita, held at bay The research vessel Knorr idles in Sinop, Turkey, awaiting permissions while expedition members visit a cafe (above). Ballard stays aboard to avoid local reporters (below). When he finally holds a press conference, they ask, "Is it true you're here for oil?" "Yes," Ballard says, "1,500-year-old olive oill"