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The Most Detailed Map of the Seafloor Ever

Source: Gizmodo/Ria Misra - January 4, 2016 in Science/Tech

The Most Detailed Map of the Seafloor Ever
Photo: Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory

What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.

The results that let this new, marvelously-detailed map of the seafloor from NASA’s Earth Observatory be made were actually first published last year as part of a paper in Science from researchers at NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. They were also made available in a series of area maps and even as a Google Earth interactive. This latest incarnation, though, offers—in a single glance—perhaps the most complete unified view of the Earth’s seafloor to date, showing not just the mountains beneath the water, but also the crevices cracking the watery ground.

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