Examples of the intense and huge volume of data produced during a one year lander deployment at 480 m in the Gulf of Mexico. Note the high variability in many of these variables, indicating a very dynamic environment.

Multibeam sonar map of a deep-sea coral area off Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The black dot near the center marked "deployment" is the surface position where a benthic lander was dropped.  Three dots marked "Tri 1-3" are surface locations used to take range data to the lander. The dot marked "X" is the bottom position for the lander calculated from the range triangulations. Image courtesy of Mike Rhode and Steve W. Ross (UNCW).

 

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