Shearwater Fellow Travelers

Why protect 600000 square miles that most people will never see? - Ensia

The 211-foot (64-meter) ship left port at 9 a. m. on August 6 on a nine-day mapping and exploration expedition with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help resolve some of that mystery by sending remotely operated... They say there are better maps of the moon and Mars than of Earth — some 70 percent of this planet’s surface is under water, and water disrupts radar signals needed to generate high-resolution maps. The edge of the continental shelf plummets more than 2 miles (3. 2 kilometers) somewhere in the vicinity of oceanographer Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus , which was making its way to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary,... Source: