Pushing the Boundaries: Technology-driven Exploration of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Plan view of the 3D model of schooner Northwestern, which sank in 1850, collected by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary researchers in 2015. The model was generated through a process called photogrammetry, whereby numerous individual, overlapping single images are used to create a scaled, georeferenced model. Image courtesy of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA. Download larger version (4.4 Mb).
Following the expansion of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2014, one of the prime research goals has been surveying newly included sanctuary areas for undiscovered shipwrecks. While 93 individual historical shipwrecks are already known throughout this area, archival research indicates as many as 100 more are yet to be found. Over the course of a four-part expedition throughout the spring and summer of 2017, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host a multifaceted, ongoing research project to apply new tools toward searching for these wrecks. Read more...
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