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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