New Seafloor Map Helps Scientists Find New Features

January 18, 2016

An international scientific team recently published a new map of the ocean floor based on Earth’s gravity field, and it is a particularly useful tool. Such seafloor maps can aid submariners and ship captains with navigation, particularly in previously uncharted areas. They are helpful to prospectors scouting for oil, gas, and mineral resources. And the maps comprise nearly 80 percent of the seafloor that you see when you scroll through Google Earth.

Image Credit: 
NASA Earth Observatory maps by Joshua Stevens, using data from Sandwell, D. et al. (2014) Caption: Mike Carlowicz