Exploring Atlantic Canyons & Seamounts





Background Essays

Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014

Mission Introduction

From August through October 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore the largely unknown deep-sea ecosystems of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Our at-sea and shore-based science team will collect baseline data in the Atlantic submarine canyons and along the New England Seamount Chain.

Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014: Mission Plan

Mission Plan

Close to one of the most urban areas in the U.S. lie diverse deep-sea environments home to deep-sea corals, chemosynthetic communities, and unique geological features. Much of this area—including numerous submarine canyons and the New England Seamount Chain—is unknown and has never been seen by humans.

Leg 1: Shakedown and Mapping New England Seamounts

Leg 1: Shakedown and Mapping New England Seamounts

From August 9-August 30, 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorerconducted a 22-day expedition in the North Atlantic in Veatch Canyon and along the New England Seamount chain.

Exploring Our Deepwater Backyard

Exploring Our Deepwater Backyard

More than 200 years after the Lewis and Clark Expedition, a new frontier beckons - this one eastward from the U.S. Atlantic coastline. Deep below the smooth surface of the ocean hides a complex and dramatic topography, a still largely unexplored, underwater landscape as stunning as that seen by Lewis and Clark in the west.

Clues to a Marine Geologic Puzzle

Clues to a Marine Geologic Puzzle

Geologists are scientific storytellers. They study the history of rocks in order to tell evidence-based stories about how the Earth formed in the past, how it is evolving now, and what it might look like in the future. To reconstruct geologic history, we need to measure time, or at least be able to put geologic events in chronological order.

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