February 26: Seamount D

Today’s dive will start at a depth of ~4,400 meters, as we explore a prominent ridge extending to the north of an unnamed seamount (“Seamount D”) just outside of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. The goal of this dive is to generate baseline information on the geology of this unexplored seamount and to learn more about its deep-sea habitats and biological communities. American Samoa’s Division of Marine and Wildlife Resources has expressed an interest in the seamounts in this region as long-line fishing activities are conducted in the area. Because it is a deep dive, we’ll have a long trip to the bottom and expect to reach the seafloor around 11:00 am SST (5:00 pm EST).

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