Bathymetry of the West Florida Escarpment

Bathymetry of the West Florida Escarpment. The base of the escarpment (2,600 meters depth) is shown in blue with the upper rim more than 600 meters above. We will have at least four dives sites that cover the diverse soft sedimented and hard carbonate rock bottom between 2,300 and 400 meters to explore the physical structure of the seafloor and biodiversity on soft and hard bottom habitats (Multibeam data from EX1105, EX1106, and this expedition, EX1202). Image courtesy of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

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