Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
September 18-23, and October 21 - November 15, 2002
About 70 percent of all coral reefs in U.S. waters are in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), a remote chain of small islands and atolls that stretches for more than 1,000 nautical miles (nm) northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands. This fall, a team of scientists traveled there to study unexplored seamounts and map pristine coral reefs.
From September 18 to 23, scientists used the Pisces V submersible to dive on one of the region's unexplored Northampton Seamounts. These submarine features, which are over 60 nm long and reach within 180 ft of the ocean's surface, may be home to newly discovered species and a feeding stop for the Hawaiian monk seal. Between October 21 and November 15, scientists mapped submerged banks and seamounts in the NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. Multibeam sonar systems accomplished the mapping aboard the University of Hawaii's research vessel (R/V) Kilo Moana.
Follow explorers from the University of Hawaii's Undersea Research Laboratory and NOAA's Fisheries Service and Ocean Service as they venture to a part of the world that few have seen.
Background information for this exploration can be found on the left side of the page. Regular updates are included below. Detailed logs and summaries of exploration activities are found on the right.
Updates & Logs
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