Shakedown and Mapping New England Seamounts

On August 9, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer left port to begin a 22-day expedition in the North Atlantic in Veatch Canyon and along the New England Seamount chain. The first several days of the expedition will be dedicated to testing and calibrating mission-critical mapping and communication systems. The rest of the expedition will be focused on exploring and mapping undersea mountains (“seamounts”) located east of Georges Banks within the New England Seamount chain that extends for approximately 1,100 kilometers off the continental shelf into the deep waters of the North Atlantic. The ship will return to Rhode Island on August 30.

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