This Google Earth map shows the operating area of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition. Leg 1 of the expedition will focus on the southern half of the CNMI and MTMNM, and Legs 2 and 3 will focus on the northern half. The white line shows the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, the red polygons are the boundaries of the Trench and Islands Unit of the MTMNM, and the red triangles are the Vents Unit of MTMNM. The green contour lines are the 250-meter contours surrounding Guam and the CNMI, and light blue are 6,000-meter contours marking the shallow and deep end of the depth range for operations. The white balloons show the location of planned ROV dives during Leg 1 of the expedition, and the pink balloons are some of the dives planned for Leg 3 (more sites will be identified based on mapping data acquired during Leg 2). The yellow boxes are areas where mapping data has been requested by scientists and managers.

This Google Earth map shows the operating area of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition. Leg 1 of the expedition will focus on the southern half of the CNMI and MTMNM, and Legs 2 and 3 will focus on the northern half. The white line shows the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, the red polygons are the boundaries of the Trench and Islands Unit of the MTMNM, and the red triangles are the Vents Unit of MTMNM. The green contour lines are the 250-meter contours surrounding Guam and the CNMI, and light blue are 6,000-meter contours marking the shallow and deep end of the depth range for operations. The white balloons show the location of planned ROV dives during Leg 1 of the expedition, and the pink balloons are some of the dives planned for Leg 3 (more sites will be identified based on mapping data acquired during Leg 2). The yellow boxes are areas where mapping data has been requested by scientists and managers. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

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2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

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