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Seafloor Mapping

A key part of exploration is creating maps to plan efficient and safe expeditions. Multibeam sonars collect high-resolution data using multiple, simultaneous sonar beams (sound waves) at once in a fan-like pattern or "swath." Multibeam sonar data allow teams to spot previously unseen features such as seamounts, deep-sea sandwaves, faults, ancient coral reefs, shipwrecks, and more.

Choose from the sections below to further explore ocean exploration education resources on seafloor mapping.


These selected ocean exploration lessons were developed by educators and scientists to demonstrate key ocean mapping concepts. Lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. (Note: The links provided in lessons are verified at the time of publication, but over time, may change or become obsolete.)

These items are only a selection of the educational materials highlighting seafloor mapping on our website.

For more lessons and background information explore the Deep Ocean Education Project Website.

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