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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! We’re scientists on a NOAA mission to explore deep, unseen waters in the central Pacific. Ask Us Anything!
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Hi Reddit! We are Scott France (deep-sea biologist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Del Bohnenstiehl (geophysicist, North Carolina State University), Michael White (NOAA seafloor mapping expert), and Kasey Cantwell (NOAA ocean explorer). We are joined by the Mission Team on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to answer your questions about our expedition to explore deep waters in the central Pacific- an area of the world where the vast majority of deeper waters remain unseen by human eyes. We are currently on the “Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin” expedition to explore deep waters within Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument; around the Cook Islands Marine Park; and the high seas. Throughout the expedition, we are using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the seafloor and video streams from the ROVs are being transmitted via satellite from ship to shore. This means anyone with an Internet connection – including YOU! – can tune in LIVE with scientists from around the world, sharing an unprecedented glimpse of never-seen-before deep marine habitats. We expect to encounter large, diverse coral and sponge communities; uncover important deep-sea ecosystems; explore ancient seamounts; map the seafloor; and learn more about the geologic history of the area. Information collected during the expedition will support management decisions, to appropriately use and protect what we know as well as what we have yet to discover. We have all participated in numerous deep-ocean exploration missions. We’re here from 2:00 pm ET to 4:00 pm ET to answer your questions about the current expedition or ocean exploration in general…AUA! You can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OceanExplorationResearch/, Instagram @noaaoceanexploration, or Twitter @oceanexplorer, or visit our website http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov to stay up to date with all of our deep-ocean exploration activities! Thanks for joining us today to talk about ocean exploration! Unfortunately, we are out of time. Good news is that you can continue to follow the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin between now and May 19, 2017. While we aren’t diving today (May 1), all things permitting, ROV dives are planned most days until May 15, 2017, typically from about 8 am to 5 pm SST (3 pm to 12 am EDT). Expedition home page: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1705/welcome.html LIVE video of our dives: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html