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Deepwater Exploration

The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument was established in January 2009 for the purpose of protecting objects of interest such as the subduction system in the trench, submerged volcanoes, hydrothermal vents, coral reef ecosystems, and biologically diverse ecosystems where chemosynthetic and photosynthetic organisms exist side by side.

The scientific research being conducted on the Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition will help sustainable fisheries management and deep-sea education initiatives; improve our understanding of the unique biology, geology, and deepwater habitats of the region; and offer the opportunity to engage new partnerships, exchange knowledge, and develop innovative tools for humanity to live sustainably on Earth.

Video 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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