Seafloor Mapping

Education Theme: Seafloor Mapping

Seafloor Mapping

A key part of exploration is creating maps to plan efficient and safe expeditions. Multibeam sonars collect high-resolution data using multiple, simultaneous sonar beams (sound waves) at once in a fan-like pattern or "swath." Multibeam sonar data allow teams to spot previously unseen features such as seamounts, deep-sea sandwaves, faults, ancient coral reefs.

Choose from the sections below to further explore ocean exploration education resources on seafloor mapping.

Essays

Essays

Read essays written by explorers involved in expeditions to explore seafloor mapping to learn more about these features.

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Lessons

Lessons

Access selected lessons about seafloor mapping developed by scientists and educators during recent expeditions.

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Multimedia

Multimedia

View selected videos and images of seafloor mapping from previous expeditions.

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Expeditions

Expeditions

Explore past expeditions focused on documenting and increasing our understanding of seafloor mapping.

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Ocean Exploration Careers

Ocean Exploration Careers

Learn about careers focused on the exploration of seafloor mapping.

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