Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin






Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

Unless otherwise noted, all images and videos are in the public domain and are free to use; please credit the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin.

 


Images (Background Essays)

Map of the general expedition operating area. The red line is the rough cruise track from American Samoa to Honolulu during the expedition.

Mission Plan
Map of the general expedition operating area. The red line is the rough cruise track from American Samoa to Honolulu during the expedition. (HR)

In the deep sea, corals provide habitat for many organisms.

Mission Plan
In the deep sea, corals provide habitat for many organisms. (HR)

In the Jarvis Unit of PRIMNM, multibeam data revealed an approximate 1,700 meter seamount height difference when compared to previous satellite altimetry.

Mission Plan
In the Jarvis Unit of PRIMNM, newly collected Okeanos multibeam data revealed an approximate 1,700 meter seamount height difference when compared to previous satellite altimetry. (HR)

Scientists participating at the University of Hawaii ECC.

Mission Plan
Scientists participating at the University of Hawaii ECC. (HR)

Brittle stars seen living in the branches of coral during exploration at 1,800 meters depth on Titov Seamount within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Biological Unknowns
Brittle stars seen living in the branches of coral during exploration of Titov Seamount. (HR)

High-profile rock features found on seamounts provide ideal surfaces for corals to colonize.

Biological Unknowns
High-profile rock features found on seamounts provide ideal surfaces for corals to colonize. (HR)

Map compiled in 2011 from ~1,000 museum records of samples of octocorals collected deeper than 50 meters (red dots). The map shows that most samples come from near the coasts of the continents or around the Hawaiian Islands and New Zealand; there is a major gap in sampling of the Central Pacific Basin. Data compiled by Eric Pante; map by Les Watling.

Biological Unknowns
Map compiled from ~1,000 museum records of samples of octocorals collected deeper than 50 meters. (HR)

Regional view of western Pacific bathymetry showing distribution of linear volcanic chains.

Volcanoes of Western Pacific
Regional view of western Pacific bathymetry showing distribution of linear volcanic chains. (HR)

Hotspot model for linear island formation.

Volcanoes of Western Pacific
Hotspot model for linear island formation. (HR)

Extension and cracking of the oceanic plate in response to thermal or tectonic stresses provides a pathway for magma, leading to the formation of a linear volcanic chain.

Volcanoes of Western Pacific
Extension and cracking of the oceanic plate in response to thermal or tectonic stresses provides a pathway for magma. (HR)

Small-scale sub-lithospheric convection develops due to instabilities in the thermal boundary layer as the plate cools.

Volcanoes of Western Pacific
Small-scale sub-lithospheric convection develops due to instabilities in the thermal boundary layer as the plate cools. (HR)

Graduates and students of Kamehameha School onboard the Itasca, 4th expedition, January 1936.

Hui Panalāʻau Story
Graduates and students of Kamehameha School onboard the Itasca, 4th expedition, January 1936. (HR)

Hawaiian Colonists—American Citizens. Kamehameha School Graduates.

Hui Panalāʻau Story
"Hawaiian Colonists—American Citizens. Kamehameha School Graduates." (HR)

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world.

Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef
Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world. (HR)

The iron that leached into the environment from this shipwreck on Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef had encouraged the growth of an invasive green algae.

Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef
The iron that leached from this shipwreck encouraged growth of an invasive green algae. (HR)

An aerial view of Palmyra from the east end.

Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef
An aerial view of Palmyra from the east end. (HR)

A sooty tern colony on Palmyra Atoll.

Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef
A sooty tern colony on Palmyra Atoll. (HR)

Whale shark in the Ningaloo Marine Park near Exmouth.

Big Ocean Network
Whale shark in the Ningaloo Marine Park near Exmouth. (HR)

Le Parc Naturel De La Mer De Corail (Natural Park of The Coral Sea), France.

Big Ocean Network
Le Parc Naturel De La Mer De Corail (Natural Park of The Coral Sea), France. (HR)

Phoenix Islands Protected Area and World Heritage Site, Kiribati.

Big Ocean Network
Phoenix Islands Protected Area and World Heritage Site, Kiribati.

A sooty tern colony on Palmyra Atoll.

Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef
A sooty tern colony on Palmyra Atoll. (HR)

Marae Moana, Cook Islands Marine Park.

Big Ocean Network
Marae Moana, Cook Islands Marine Park.

 

 

 

 

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