Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Background Essays
From July to August 2013, a team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore will conduct exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life along the Northeast U.S. Canyons and at Mytilus Seamount, located within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.
Submarine canyons are found throughout the world, representing complex seafloor features that link the upper continental shelf to the abyssal plain. They punctuate the margin by incising the shelf, creating scenic seascapes reminiscent of their terrestrial counterparts.
Partnerships Help NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Inform Management Decisions to Protect Deep-Sea Coral Habitats
NOAA is the primary federal agency mandated to conserve and manage the nation’s marine resources, including ecosystems containing deep-sea corals and sponges.
Since 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey, with support from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been working to understand the potential causes and consequences of tsunamis along the U.S. east coast and their probability of occurrence.
The continental shelf and slope off the northeastern U.S., the underwater edge of the continent that borders the Atlantic Ocean basin, hosts an incredible diversity of habitats including approximately 70 submarine canyons ranging from depths of approximately 100 meters to 3,500 meters.
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