Monthly Archives: May 2016

EX-16-05 Leg 2 | 24-hour mapping operations have commenced!

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer departed Saipan on May 29, heading due north to the northern reaches of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands offshore waters. The onboard mission team, comprised of experienced seafloor mapping scientists and Explorers-in-Training new to … Continue reading

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Leg 2 Delays

The start of the next leg of the Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition is currently delayed while the ship remains in port in Saipan for repairs. We now expect to get underway on May 29 or May 30 to conduct mapping … Continue reading

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In Port in Saipan!

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pulled into port in Saipan around 10:00 AM this morning, bringing the first leg of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition to a close! Our next cruise will start on May 20th and will … Continue reading

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Mapping before pulling into Port

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently conducting mapping operations offshore of Saipan, and getting ready to pull into port to bring Leg 1 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition to a close! During the next few days … Continue reading

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Dive 19: Esmerelda Bank Crater

Today is our LAST dive of this leg! Join us as we explore Esmerelda Crater, an active volcano. Today’s dive started  ~340 meters in the center of the crater to look for hydrothermal activity however poor visibility has us moving … Continue reading

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Dive 18: Esmerelda Bank

ROV Deep Discoverer has been deployed for Dive 18 on Esmerelda Bank. Today’s dive will start ~600m to explore for deep-sea coral communities (especially precious corals), and transit upslope to also survey bottomfish fishery habitat (starting at ~400m) up to … Continue reading

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Overnight Mapping

ROV Deep Discoverer is secure on deck following a successful dive today at FDM North. We will collect mapping data over an unmapped area to the north and then collect data while transiting south to Esmerelda where tomorrow’s dive will … Continue reading

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