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Scientists want to map world's oceans, Google helping

Scientists working with Google to map ocean floor, want to avoid submarine crashes
By: Sean Ridgeley | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 11:34 pm
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150 oceanographers are on board for a 14-year long project that will map the Earth's unknown ocean floor. The plan is to use sonar-equipped ships, unmanned submarines, and other vessels to create a Google Maps-style guide to the mountains, valleys, and volcanoes deep below sea level.

 

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The project will be overseen by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (which has the backing of the UN), and will see Google helping.

 

A primary goal of the project is to help submarine captains avoid crashes; the USS San Francisco struck an underwater mountain 525 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean in 2005, killing one crew member and injuring 97 others.

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