The cup in the center is a normal Styrofoam cup surrounded by cups that were colored by school children at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. The colored cups were sent down on the CTD to a depth of about 1000 meters. At that depth, the pressure of the water squeezes and shrinks the cups. While we cannot survive at that depth, the benthic deepwater animals thrive there.

The cup in the center is a normal Styrofoam cup surrounded by cups that were colored by school children at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. The colored cups were sent down on the CTD to a depth of about 1,000 meters. At that depth, the pressure of the water squeezes and shrinks the cups. While we cannot survive at that depth, the benthic deepwater animals thrive there. Image courtesy of the Deepwater Canyons 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.

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Deepwater Canyons 2012: September 30 Log

Deepwater Canyons 2012: Pathways to the Abyss

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery