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NOAA Releases New Views of Earth's Ocean Floor 33

fishmike writes "NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world's coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides and likely fish habitat. The new online data viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue, including the latest high-resolution bathymetric (sea bottom) data collected by NOAA's Office of Coast Survey primarily to support nautical charting."
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NOAA Releases New Views of Earth's Ocean Floor

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    First! Seriously cool stuff though. As most geeks here will know, we know more about outer space than we do our own oceans. Every new little bit of detail we get is just more and more fascinating as it knits the bigger picture together.
    • Well, that's what we all knew would happen when seaQuest DSV [] was cancelled...
    • by youn ( 1516637 )

      What do we really know about outer space... up until recently we were not sure there were planets in other solar systems, we were not even sure there was water on the moon... so it is a fair question, what do we really know about outer space?

      And yes I would like to learn more about the ocean floor too :)

  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @12:54PM (#39712041) Homepage Journal is shown in Google Maps? More to the point, how long before long, straight stretches of seabed start to affect driving directions?

    Step 23: Swim across the Marianas Trench.

  • by dryriver ( 1010635 ) on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @12:57PM (#39712087)
    It seems to work much the same way Google Maps/Earth, except that you can dial in different data overlays like : Fishmaps, Geological maps, Hazards (Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Volcanoes). Quite neat. And probably very useful if you are a scientist/academic studying this kind of data.
  • to avoid upsetting them, I fully expect the location of Ry'leh to be blurred....

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @01:12PM (#39712285)

    Can we really trust liberal big government scientists to give us an unbiased view of the ocean floor? I just think we should wait until all the facts are in before we take their word for it.

    • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere ( 2201864 ) on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @01:35PM (#39712689)
      And where are the dragons?? Ocean maps always had dragons on them until liberal Eastern intellectuals got involved. I firmly believe that we should be teaching Dragon Theory in oceanography classes. If not, we should at least be teaching how Dragon Theory is being suppressed by the liberal media intelligentsia.
    • Good news - most of the big oil companies have contributed and/or paid for data in this collection, so at least some of the data will be trustworthy.
  • Before someone finds the sunken Tinfoil Hats of the Gods, and predicted by Erich von DÃniken.
  • I can't find it on there. Laurentian Abyssal Plain (canal) - check. Reykjanes Ridge (Red Route One) - check. Neptune Massive.......nope! Is Russia suppressing this info? Wait, what's 'Neptune Massive' in Russian?
  • Maybe a certain Mr Schettino could make use of this data when buzzing coastlines :p
    (His claim that he hit uncharted rocks is actually true when looking at one of the old and coarse UK bathymetry datasets)
  • It's nice to see some of my work come to light. I created prototypes for this back a few years ago with Google Earth and GDAL for the Bathymetric Attributed Grids (BAG) file from Hydrographic Surveys... [] Or build a visualization yourself using the code: []

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