NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer systematically explores the ocean every day of every cruise to maximize public benefit from the ship’s unique capabilities. The ship pursues every opportunity to map, explore, and survey at planned destinations as well as during transits; “Always Exploring” is a guiding principle.
From February 24 through the end of April 2015, three Okeanos Explorer cruises will travel from Rhode Island to areas identified as priority regions for exploration in the Caribbean.
During Leg I of this expedition, the ship will transit from her home port in North Kingstown, RI to the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Legs I and II will focus on 24 hour mapping using the ship’s three scientific sonars.
To help bring the excitement behind this expedition into classrooms, educators will find:
- An Expedition Education Module that includes newly-developed theme pages on CANYONS and SEAMOUNTS
- Standards-based LESSONS
- LIVE VIDEO of the mutlibeam sonar mapping @ http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html
Look for more during Leg III in the month of April. This portion of the expedition will include exploration of the U.S. EEZ surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Puerto Rico Trench. Weather permitting, scientists expect to execute 20 dives with NOAA’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer and the deepest dive of the ROV at 6000 meters!
Join us as we travel to the Caribbean, mapping along the way, to eventually explore the unique geology and biology of the US Exclusive Economic Zone surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands!
Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs: Leg 1: Transit & Mapping
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- Graphic Design
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- Marine Life Science
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