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obx sea bed to be mapped with sonic blasts

Mapping the bottom of our oceans using sonic blasts is the most accurate method found to date, but the approach is controversial with a number of environmental groups raising concerns about its effects on sea life. This article from Jeff Hampton, writing for the Virginian Pilot explores both sides of the issue.

The R/V Marcus Langseth, the research vessel scientists will be using.

The R/V Marcus Langseth, the research vessel scientists will be using.

“Think of it as a search for Pangea.

Scientists plan to profile the ocean bottom off the Outer Banks using sonic blasts to learn more about how the continents broke apart millions of years ago.

The survey would be the first of its kind off the North Carolina coast.”

Do the benefits of sonic blasts to map the ocean floor outweigh the risks? Click HERE to read the rest of the story and decide for yourself.

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