Station 307

United Kingdom, 1955

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Completely new techniques in the search for oil. The research vessel “Calypso”, equipped with special scientific gear, took a team of geologists and aqualung divers to survey the sea bed of the Persian Gulf in 1954. A submarine gravimeter is seen in action on the sea bed, and the divers, filmed at depths up to 100 feet, are shown taking samples from the floor of the Gulf. The samples are studied by geologists while the “Calypso” moves on to a new station.


production company

British Petroleum


Jacques-Yves Cousteau


Louis Malle



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United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Oil analysis

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Oil fields

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Petroleum

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Persian Gulf

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Underwater exploration

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Oil fields


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Research

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Scuba diving

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Geologists

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Oil analysis

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientific expeditions

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientific surveys

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Submarine geology

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Underwater exploration

Places → Persian Gulf

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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