An unprecedented collaboration involving 20 countries, 75 institutions, and over 250 marine geologists has yielded a new atlas that’s providing our best glimpse yet of the seafloor at both polar regions of the planet. The images are of significant scientific value, but they’re also quite beautiful.
A remotely operated sub has captured stunning images of the Antarctic seafloor, revealing a surprisingly dynamic and colorful world filled with spidery starfish, coconut-shaped sponges, and dandelion-like worms.
What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.
A fossilized piece of the sea floor is a glimpse into an ecosystem long-gone, if only you know how to look at it. Read on to learn about the long-dead bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods, gastropods, and even trilobites in this rock.
Traditional deep sea drilling rigs are bulky, expensive and need a relatively stable platform to operate, so they can't work in rough weather. These next-generation drill systems, however, bypass the problem completely by setting up shop on the seafloor.
Rejoice, sea lovers and Cousteau wannabes, because Google Earth now allows you to explore the ocean seafloor. It's quite the trip, even if it doesn't cover the entire planet yet.
What better way to learn about the ocean's depths than plastering this contraption on a wild seal's head? This guy and 56 of his friends are gathering information about the seafloor to help scientists model the ocean's reaction to climate change.
This image from the 1968 book Explorers of the Deep: Man's Future Beneath the Sea depicts the inevitable colonization of the ocean floor.