Mapping the largest seamount in the Wake Atoll Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

The team at sea has been busy mapping this impressive flat-topped seamount (called a “guyot”). This mountain is not only massive (50-60 nautical miles wide at the base), but also very tall – standing about 3800 meters (12,500 feet) proud of the surrounding seafloor. Progress has been slow due to rougher weather consisting of 9-13 foot waves and 30 knot winds. Despite the challenges, approximately half of this massive mountain has been mapped. We are moving on to gather data on other seamounts in the northwest corner of the Monument.

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