Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, & Troughs





Background Essays

Mission Plan

Mission Plan

From April 9 to April 30, 2015, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore largely uncharted deep-sea ecosystems and seafloor in the vicinity of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

¡Bienvenidos!

¡Bienvenidos!

¡Bienvenidos a NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer! Durante las próximas tres semanas, Abril 9-30,  la Okeanos Explorer será explorar los hábitats de aguas  profundas cerca de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes de EE.UU.

The Tectonic Setting and Geology of Puerto Rico and Its Surrounding Seafloor

The Tectonic Setting and Geology of Puerto Rico and Its Surrounding Seafloor

The island of Puerto Rico lies in a dynamic plate-boundary zone between two tectonic plates: the North American and the northeast corner of the Caribbean plate.

The Deepwater Snapper-Grouper Complex: A Valuable, But Poorly Studied Fishery in the Caribbean

The Deepwater Snapper-Grouper Complex: A Valuable, But Poorly Studied Fishery in the Caribbean

The snapper-grouper complex consists of several fishes from at least 10 families (including snappers, groupers, grunts, porgies, tilefish) that are fished both commercially and recreationally throughout the Caribbean.

Meet the On-ship Expedition Team

Meet the On-ship Expedition Team

We've assembled information about the members of the science and remotely operated vehicle teams who are physically onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and whose voices you are likely to hear most often when watching the live video.


Leg 1: Transit and Mapping

Leg 2: Mapping

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs: Leg 2 was the second of three exploration cruises of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in the Caribbean in the 2015 field season. The primary focus of this cruise was high-resolution mapping of areas near Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Trench.


Leg 1: Transit and Mapping

Leg 1: Transit and Mapping

From February 24 – March 11, 2015, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a mapping expedition, beginning in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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