Satellites Map Out Seafloor as Never Before

Thousands of previously unknown features have been identified from above.

By Gemma Tarlach|Thursday, April 02, 2015
RELATED TAGS: OCEAN, EARTH SCIENCE
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What flies above has radically changed our knowledge of what lies beneath. New maps of Earth’s seafloors derived from satellite data have identified thousands of previously unknown seamounts, faults and other tectonic features. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, created the maps by analyzing untapped data streams from NASA’s Jason satellite and the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite. Unlike traditional shipboa...
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