Mountains in the Sea Mission
In the summer of 2003, with the help of the Alvin submersible, a team of scientists and educators visited several little known seamounts in the North Atlantic, along with at least one previously unexplored seamount, to study various aspects of deep-sea corals and other organisms living on and around the seamounts. The primary objective was to map, collect, and identify deepwater corals, fishes, and miscellaneous invertebrates from the seamounts.
Read the logs of one College of Exploration explorer who was on this fascinating expedition!
Submarine Canyons in Portugal
As part of the Ocean Technology Foundation’s Science, Education and Marine Archeology Program in Portugal (SEMAPP), ocean explorers used the manned submersible Delta to get close-up views ofPortimão canyon off the coast of Portugal during April of 2004. This was the first time in Portugal’s history that an occupied civilian research submersible has explored the continental shelf and coastal waters. Explorers were studying and filming the creatures that live in the canyons up to 300 meters deep. But most of all, they were exploring, which means they went where few, if any, humans have gone before!