NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer continued mapping operations today, with special focus on the connection point between two of the prevalent features of region – a ridge and a large seamount. This was a priority area to map, as these data help scientists visualize these seafloor features. Multibeam maps help scientists determine whether connections exist between these features and define the geological origin. We were able to obtain high-quality bathymetric data, as depicted in the top image. After we finished collecting these data, we transited to our next dive site. We then collected additional mapping data along the crest of a ridge that runs parallel to the edge of the Manikiki Plateau. Overnight we will also map our next dive site along this ridge that we are calling Te Kawhiti a Maui Potiki. Data visualizations allow us to pick our dive sites based on fresh bathymetry.