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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Catalog of Images

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Woods Hole Angus camera sled in water prior to being lowered to bottom. During studies of deepsea hydrothermal vents on Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Atlantic Ocean, FAMOUS area of Mid-Atlantic Ridge 1982
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A bottom photograph showing flower-like crinoid stalks.
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Towed sub-bottom profiler with shock absorber cables. Used on MT. MITCHELL
Off Delmarva Peninsula, Mid-Atlantic coast of U.S. 1978
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Air gun for sub-bottom profiling. Able-bodied Seaman Bob Rojecki making adjustments prior to deployment. Used off of the SURVEYOR
1972
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Underway gravity meter installed on SURVEYOR. Used to measure variations in the Earth's gravitational field
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Magnetic anomaly map produced on SURVEYOR. Magnetic striping is readily apparent in this map of offshore California. Earlier magnetic work led directly to Theory of Seafloor Spreading. This map helped unravel the tectonic history of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Data acquired by towed proton precession magnetometer
1971
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Portable vans used in lieu of installed laboratory space on many ships. Vans on PEIRCE during phosphate studies off North Carolina
North Carolina coast 1985
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Chief Boatswain Joe Dimartino operates winch - CTD operations on MT. MITCHELL. CTD - Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurements. MT. MITCHELL CTD's used to determine ocean sound velocity structure. Sound velocity information used to correct soundings. In support of bathymetric mapping operations
Gulf of Mexico 1991
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Chief Boatswain Joe Dimartino instructing winch operators during CTD operations. CTD - Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurements. MT. MITCHELL CTD's used to determine ocean sound velocity structure. Sound velocity information used to correct soundings. In support of bathymetric mapping operations
Gulf of Mexico 1991
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Captain A. Theberge and Lt. Mike Abbott discuss ship-handling during CTD's. Chief Boatswain Joe Dimartino watches over winch operator during CTD operations . CTD - Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurements. MT. MITCHELL CTD's used to determine ocean sound velocity structure. Sound velocity information used to correct soundings during bathymetric mapping
Gulf of Mexico 1991
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Captain Theberge and Lt. Abbott monitoring CTD operations. CTD - Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurements. MT. MITCHELL CTD's used to determine ocean sound velocity structure. Sound velocity information used to correct soundings. In support of bathymetric mapping operations
Gulf of Mexico 1991
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MT. MITCHELL CTD operations - Field Operations Officer Dave Gardner on right. Night-time deployment of CTD rosette. CTD - Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurements. MT. MITCHELL CTD's used to determine ocean sound velocity structure. In support of bathymetric mapping operations
Gulf of Mexico 1989
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Captain Theberge and Lt. Abbott monitoring CTD operations. Chief Boatswain Joe Dimartino observing winch operator
Gulf of Mexico 1991
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Satellite sensors and imagery have revolutionized oceanography. An image of the Gulf Stream
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Satellite sensors and imagery have revolutionized oceanography. An image of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico
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Sounding machine devised by Robert Hooke. Drop glass ball with weight over side. Ball disengages when weight hits bottom. Known rate of descent and ascent - can then derive depth. Never worked right.
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HMS RACEHORSE in pack ice - Captain Constantine Phipps. Sounded in Norwegian Sea in 683 fathoms. Brought up blue mud. First modern successful sounding on continental slope area. Not sounding in image
Norwegian Sea September 4, 1773
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Boats from HMS EREBUS and HMS TERROR - Captain James Clark Ross. Sounded in open ocean at 27.43 S and 17.48 W. Recorded depth of approximately 2200 fathoms. First modern successful sounding in deep ocean
South Atlantic Ocean 1840
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USS VINCENNES in pack ice - Captain Charles Wilkes commanding. On the Antarctic shelf, Wilkes sounded with copper wire in 400 fathoms. First use of wire instead of hemp sounding line. Copper too ductile and would break - gave up on idea
Antarctica, Wilkes Land 1840
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A second attempt at a bathymetric map by Matthew Fontaine Maury. Published in "The Physical Geography of the Sea" with black and grey shading. Showed vast relatively shoal area in Mid-Atlantic which gave birth to the notion of a "Telegraphic Plateau". The shoal area was actually part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge discovered by Otway Berryman in 1853.
North Atlantic Ocean 1855
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Deepsea soundings by the USS ARCTIC - Otway Berryman commanding. Top line is ship track between Newfoundland and Ireland. Bottom line is profile and shows no plateau. Generated a controversy with Matthew Fontaine Maury. Maury declared erroneous and continued touting "Telegraphic Plateau"
North Atlantic Ocean 1856
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Sounding device made by William P. Trowbridge for Coast Survey. Line would pay out of a descending cylinder and stationery cylinder on deck. Similar to modern bathythermograph copper wire instrument. Civil War intervened stopping research. Probably would have worked
1860
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Thomson piano wire sounding machine as mounted on USS TUSCARORA. This machine was invented by Sir William Thomson, a.k.a. Lord Kelvin. Made use of heavy weight and piano wire - line paid out until weight hit bottom . This machine revolutionized deepsea sounding. Variations would be used for over 50 years
1873
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USS TUSCARORA - commanded by George Belknap. First ship to successfully use piano wire sounding machine
1873
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Track of USS TUSCARORA from Cape Flattery to Japan.
1873
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Profile with bottom characteristics of TUSCARORA soundings. Profile shows continental slope and Juan de Fuca Ridge. This was the first indication of the Juan de Fuca Ridge system
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Sounding record from Fish Commission Steamer ALBATROSS.
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Auxiliary vessels of the Coast and Geodetic Survey 1942.
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Ships of the Coast and Geodetic Survey 1942.
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The BLAKE anchored off WINDWARD Passage. George Belknap shipped Thomson piano wire machine to BLAKE in 1875 Charles Sigsbee modified Thomson machine. Sigsbee sounding machine was the standard for many years
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Diagram of the Sigsbee Sounding Machine as used on the BLAKE. George Belknap shipped Thomson piano wire machine to BLAKE in 1875 Charles Sigsbee modified Thomson machine to make the Sigsbee Sounding Machine . Sigsbee sounding machine was the standard for many years
1875
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Sigsbee Sounding Machine in use on the ALBATROSS.
1890?
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Contour map of Gulf of Mexico as sounded by the C&GS Steamer BLAKE between 1873 and 1875. Over 3,000 soundings went into this chart, most of the deep water soundings beween taken by the Sigsbee Sounding Machine. This was the first realistic bathymetric map of any oceanic basin. In: "Three Cruises of the BLAKE" by Alexander Agassiz, 1888. P. 102. QH 93.A26 1888 v.1.
1878
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Soundings from the Sigsbee Sounding Machine in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Contour map of the Caribbean from soundings by C&GS Steamer BLAKE and Fish Commission Steamer ALBATROSS. Both ships used Sigsbee Sounding Machine. In: "Three Cruises fo the BLAKE" by Alexander Agassiz, 1888. P. 98. Library Call Number QH 93.A26 1888 v.1.
1885
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3-D view of the Gulf of Mexico, Eastern U.S., and Western Atlantic. This is probably the first 3-dimensional seafloor view ever constructed. It was published in "Three Cruises of the BLAKE", by Alexander Agassiz, 1888. P. 94. Library Call Number QH 93.A26 1888 v.1.
1885?
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Sigsbee Sounding Machine on stern of ALBATROSS.
1900?
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Soledad and Los Coronados Canyons. Soledad Canyon is known today as La Jolla Canyon
San Diego, California 1897
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Robert Peary North Pole Expedition. Sounding with piano wire through the ice. Profile of soundings tends to corroborate that Peary made it to the North Pole.
Arctic Ocean 1909
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Bathymetric map of the World's oceans. Produced by Sir John Murray
1911
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North Atlantic Ocean showing clear delineation of Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Detail of Sir John Murray map
North Atlantic 1911
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Pair of piano wire sounding machines on the PATTERSON.
Unimak Island area, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 1913
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Steam sounding machine on the GEDNEY.
North Pacific 1913
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Sounding operations on the PATTERSON.
Unimak Island area, Aleutian Islands, Alaska October, 1913
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Sounding machine - detail view. On the PATTERSON
Unimak Island area, Aleutian Islands, Alaska October, 1913
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First track of sonic range finder on USS STEWART. Crossed north Atlantic with sonic sounding device. Made approximately 900 soundings from United States to Gibraltar
Atlantic Ocean 1922
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Temperature contours showing continuity of Mid-Atlantic Ridge. From Atlas of the METEOR Expedition. Combining sparse depth readings and temperature to infer bathymetry
South Atlantic Ocean 1927
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A hand sounding machine. On the EXPLORER
North Pacific Ocean 1927
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Installation of deepsea sounding equipment. C&GS 1931 Hydrographic Manual
1931
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LL type wireline sounding machine. C&GS 1942 Hydrographic Manual

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