The essays below will help you to understand the goals and objectives of the mission and provide additional context and information about the places being explored and the science, tools, and technologies being used.
Download a fact sheet (pdf, 1.3 MB) about the expedition.
From September 6 to 30, 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas around the Musicians Seamounts and the Hawaiian Islands.Read more
The Musicians Seamounts are a province, or collection, of about 25 underwater mountains in the central Pacific Ocean just north of the main Hawaiian Islands and bordering the eastern boundary of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.Read more
Since the early days of ocean exploration, scientists have been fascinated with understanding the pattern of species distribution throughout the marine environment. This area of scientific study is known as marine biogeography.Read more
The structure and shape of the Musicians Seamounts, as revealed by mapping from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, will provide clues to the tectonic environment in which the seamounts formed and their relationship to the nearby mid-ocean ridge.Read more