Blue Ocean Institute


Sep 6th
2013

Diving into the Deep Ocean

This past July, a group of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and many other organizations boarded the ship Okeanos and set out on an exciting 36 day research cruise to explore the deep ocean floors off the U.S. northeast coast. Specifically, they wanted to explore the numerous deep submarine canyons in this area and the Mytilus seamount, which is part of the New England seamount chain. A submarine canyon is basically a steep valley cut into the ocean floor. A seamount, as the name suggests, is an underwater mountain. These habitats can contain vast amounts of sea life, especially compared to other areas of the deep sea.

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