Bonne Terre Mine: Deep Earth Diving will be presented by the Eco-Photo Explorers Michael Salvarezza and Christopher P. Weaver (http://www.ecophotoexplorers.com) Bonne Terre Mine is a Massive underground caverns and mammoth architecture. The sunken remains of a working mineral mine, complete with equipment, rail tracks, ore carts, elevator shafts and even intact buildings. The mine is a billion gallon underground lake, with crystal clear water, and constant temperatures year round. And miles of underwater trails to explore. The Mine is an adventure for all divers and its right here in our own backyard. Located just 40 minutes south of St. Louis, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Bonne Terre Mine is a unique diving experience that will capture your imagination and beckon you back for more. It is truly like a "Dive to the Center of the Earth." Join Eco-photo Explorers as they journey below ground to explore the underwater treasure that is Bonne Terre.
About the speakers:
Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver have been diving the waters the world since 1978. In that time, they have spent hundreds of hours underwater and have accumulated a large and varied library of photographic images. They have presented their work in many multi-media slide presentations, and have appeared previously at Beneath the Sea, the Boston Sea Rovers Underwater Clinic and Our World Underwater. Mike and Chris have been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, and have authored numerous articles for the majority of the dive publications the world over. Their work has also been used to support a number of research and educational programs, including the Jason Project for Education, the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in New York and the Cambridge University and the University of Groningen Arctic Centre work on monitoring the transformation of historic features in Antarctica and Svalbard.
Christopher Weaver and Michael Salvarezza make up Eco-Photo Explorers (http://www.ecophotoexplorers.com/). A New York based organization was formed in 1994 to promote interest in protecting the environment through knowledge and awareness as well as in underwater photography. Photography, multimedia slide presentations, lectures and freelance writing are all used to accomplish this goal. Their photography and writing have even featured in many publications such as Natural Geographic Adventure, Immersed, Advanced Diver, Discover Diving, Diver Magazine, Sport Diving, Lighthouse Digest, WW II Magazine and other national and international magazines. Organizations such as Beneath the Sea (largest consumer dive show in North America), Boston Sea Rovers, Our World Underwater, the JASON Project (founded by Robert Ballard), Long Island Diving Association (LIDA), the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (BOCES), the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, Wesses Archeology, and University of Groningen Artic Center in the Netherlands and the University of North Carolina on the Queen’s Anne’s Revenge.