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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
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This excerpt from International Aspects of Oceanography, an NSF publication, was written by Wayland Vaughn of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1937 and describes the contribution of both echo-sounding and the navigation system termed Radio-Acoustic Ranging (RAR) to the mapping of the seafloor. RAR was developed by the C&GS and used to survey U.S.continental margins in the 1930's.
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Names and features overlay to map produced by International Hydrographic Organization as shown in image map00119. Note tracing of ridges on this 1939 overlay.
World Ocean
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The prototype 3-D image of the seafloor developed by Heezen and Tharp. Note the similarity to the Veatch and Smith map in image map00125. The Veatch and Smith map had been produced as a 3-D relief model by the Braund Reliefograph, a machine developed within the C&GS to produce relief models for WWII bombardiers and pilots.
Atlantic Ocean, Northwest
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Portion of the Pacific Ocean physiographic map published by H. W. Menard in his 1964 publication 'Marine Geology of the Pacific."
Pacific Ocean, Juan de Fuca Ridge area
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Portion of map showing axis of Mid-Atlantic Rift Valley as interpreted by Bruce Heezen, Marie Tharp, and Maurice Ewing
Atlantic Ocean
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Portion of physiographic diagram of Mid-Atlantic Ridge by Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp
Atlantic Ocean
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Overlapping spreading center at 12 54 North Latitude on the East Pacific Rise.
Pacific Ocean, East Pacific Rise
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3-D view of Zealandia Bank.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of West Rota Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of the continental slope and Cape Fear Diapir on the continental slope off North Carolina. This map also shows a huge submarine slide with its headwall noted by the scarps on the left of the image.
Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina offshore
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Bathymetric map of Blake Ridge Diapir
Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina offshore
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Ocean trenches and volcanic arcs of the western Pacific Ocean from the Equator to 40 North
Pacific Ocean
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The Southern Mariana Back-arc Spreading Center showing location of a large hydrothermal plume
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Islands area
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3-D view of Astoria Canyon, west of the Columbia River entrance showing locations of science transects (appear as colored ribbons on canyon walls)
Pacific Ocean, Oregon offshore
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Full disc map of Pacific Ocean showing location of Submarine Ring of Fire Expeditions from 2002 through 2006
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3-D view of Pioneer Seamount and Pioneer Canyon on the California coast showing cable route to Pioneer Seamount hydrophone installation.
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3-D view of Seamount-X.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Ruby Seamount.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Northwest Rota Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of an un-named bank and the slopes of Lisianski Island in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The tops of these features are in shallow water or break the surface so no data is available giving the impression of hollow seamounts.
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3-D view of Northwest Eifuku Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Nikko Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Lyman Seamount. North Atlantic Stepping Stones 2005 Expedition. The map shows the entire East Corner Rise seamount complex, tentatively named Lyman Seamount.
Atlantic Ocean, Corner Seamount complex 2005
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3-D view of Charleston Bump area off South Carolina coast.
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3-D view of the head of Astoria Canyon off the Columbia River Entrance.
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3-D view of the head of Astoria Canyon off the Columbia River Entrance.
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3-D view of Daikoku Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Monterey Canyon, Davidson Seamount, Shepard Meander, and associated features.
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3-D view of East Diamante Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Esmeralda Bank.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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3-D view of Ely Seamount in the NE Pacific Ocean.
Pacific Ocean
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3-D view of Giacomini and Ely Seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska shows the rugged flanks and flat tops typical of seamounts in this area.
Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska 2004
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Patton Seamount complex
Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska 2004
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3-D maps of Heceta Bank made from multi-beam data. Top image is about 30 miles north to south and 10 miles east-west. The southern part of the bank has a clearly defined western edge marking an ancient shoreline. The bottom image is northern shoal portion of bank. The fracture patterns are "megajoints" caused by stresses in the earth. The curved troughs are caused by variable erosion.
Oregon coast, Heceta Bank 2001
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3-D view of Minami Kasuga-2 Volcano.
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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Manning Seamount complex in the North Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
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View of portion of Mariana Back-arc Basin showing contrast between multi-beam sounding data and older, very sparse single-beam sounding data
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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Submarine volcanoes near Farallon de Pajaros Island
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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Maug Caldera with a resurgent dome
Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands
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Bathymetry of the Milne-Edwards (left) and Verrill Seamounts, shaded relief map. This shows the entire Central Corner Rise seamount complex including the summits and ridges observed by the ROVs Hercules and Argus. Image resolution is approximately 40 meters.
Atlantic Ocean 2005 August
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3-D view of Bear Seamount in the New England Seamount Chain
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3-D view of Bear Seamount. The concave appearance of the top is an artifact caused by the surveying ship "hovering" over the top of the seamount.
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Co-tidal Lines of the World as shown in "Butler's Physical Geography", by by Jacques Wardlaw Redway, 1887. P. 61. Call No. 551.4 R321b.
1887
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The bed of the ocean floor including the Telegraphic Plateau as discussed in "Butler's Physical Geography", by Jacques Wardlaw Redway, 1887. p. 56. Call No. 551.4 R321b.
1887
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Sand waves in the Hudson River Estuary mapped using multi-beam bathymetry. These are dynamic features that reach heights of 3 meters.
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Unidentified seamount
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Track of the Surveying Brig DOLPHIN from September 1851 to July 1852. This track chart contains depth information, currents, winds, and other observations. It could be fair to say that U.S. Navy deep sea oceanography began with this cruise ordered by Matthew Fontaine Maury with the DOLPHIN under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Phillips Lee, USN.
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Station observations of the Surveying Brig DOLPHIN in the South Atlantic in what was called the "Volcanic Region".
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Track of the Surveying Brig DOLPHIN from September 1851 to July 1852. This track chart contains depth information, currents, winds, and other observations. It could be fair to say that U.S. Navy deep sea oceanography began with this cruise ordered by Matthew Fontaine Maury with the DOLPHIN under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Phillips Lee, USN.
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Early bathymetric and geologic map of the English Channel area by Philippe Buache in 1752. Contours were used to express depth of the water before being used to express elevation.

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