Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dive 12 complete

Dive 12 of the third leg of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas is complete, but we will be playing the highlights all night on video stream 3 if you missed it. Tonight we will be collecting mapping data over … Continue reading

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Dive 12

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently diving on a potential mud volcano! This feature was mapped for the first time during Leg 2 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. We will be on bottom exploring for active seepage … Continue reading

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Overnight Operations

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is collecting high resolution sonar data as we map our way to our next ROV dive site. Mapping operations currently are focusing on previously unmapped portions of the Trench Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. … Continue reading

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Dive 11

Today’s dive in the north forarc was originally planned on what we thought to be a potential mud volcano. Overnight    multibeam mapping showed us that the feature we planned to dive on was actually a ridge feature. This is … Continue reading

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Dive 10

ROV Deep Discoverer is exploring a site along the western edge of the Mariana Trench today. This feature was originally mapped during Leg 2 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition. We dubbed the site Stegosaurus Ridge due to … Continue reading

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Dive 08: Eifuku Seamount

Today we are conducting the first-ever ROV exploration of Eifuku Seamount, starting at a depth of  ~ 500 meters. We’ll spend approximately eight hours on the seafloor, exploring for hydrothermal vents and characterizing any local chemosynthetic animal communities that are found, as … Continue reading

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Dive 07

Today we are exploring Chammoro Seamount with ROV Deep Discoverer. We’ve already found a numbe of chummy structures and hot water vents! Stay tuned to the live video feeds to see what we discover next! 

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Dive 06 – Complete

Today we had a successful dive as we explored Supply Reef and found a diversity of corals and fishes. The vehicles are back on deck and we are mapping our way to Chammoro Seamount for our next dive. We will … Continue reading

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Dive 05

Today, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is conducting the first ever exploration of Ahyi Seamount. We will investigate a crater near the summit and then will move upslope to investigate what looks like a landslide from a previous eruption. Stay tuned to … Continue reading

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Dive 04- complete

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer just completed a 6,000m dive to explore the edge of the pacific plate at a site dubbed “Hadal Ridge”. It was an exciting dive- check out the replays overnight for some fantastic  and unexpected geology! We are … Continue reading

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