Map showing the bathymetry data acquired during our July 2017 cruise in the vicinity of “Keli” Ridge and “Edmondson” Seamount. Data collection efforts over several days were designed to complement previous data acquired by R/V Falkor in 2016 and Okeanos Explorer in 2015. Previously acquired datasets are shown as grayscale, and the data acquired this cruise is shown as color bathymetry. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 243 KB).
Three-dimensional perspective view of high-resolution bathymetric data in the vicinity of “Keli” ridge; data collected by R/V Falkor in 2016 and by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2015 and 2017. Mapping conducted July 19-21, 2017 shows “Keli” ridge, “Edmondson” Seamount, and an unnamed seamount to the west are geologically connected. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 300 KB).
Today’s dive was again cancelled as the remotely operated vehicle team completed repairs to the .68 cable in preparation for tomorrow’s dive. The onboard mapping team was prepared to collect data for the scientific community. Due to the remoteness of its location, mapping data of the remote parts of the Johnston Atoll Unit have been very hard to get. Only limited data sets are available in the area, apart from occasional transit data and data acquired by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2015 and R/V Falkor in 2016 as part of CAPSTONE. The ship spent the day completing mapping an unnamed seamount located to the west of “Keli” Ridge and acquiring data to spatially connect the earlier datasets from Falkor and Okeanos. The data revealed a seamount with its top at depth of 2,000 meters (6,561 feet), and the combined bathymetry showed that “Keli” Ridge and the two seamounts to the west – an unnamed seamount and “Edmondson” seamount – are geologically connected. After completion of mapping in this area, the ship transited west to begin mapping of another unnamed seamount.