2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones Expedition

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At 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 14, you are invited to join a live event introducing the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts expedition.

Expedition Coordinator Kasey Cantwell will join biology Science Lead Rhian Waller of the University of Maine, geology Science Co-Leads Jason Chaytor and Kira Mizell, of the U.S. Geological Survey, and onshore scientist Chris Mah of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for a discussion about the exploration, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

This public talk introduces the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones expedition, taking place from June 30 to July 29, 2021. This expedition will expand on previous NOAA Ocean Exploration expeditions in the New England Seamounts which took place in 2013 and 2014.

 

Photograph of Yellow crinoids, several species of sponges, and an Iridigorgia magnaspiralis coral attached to ferromanganese enc

Yellow crinoids, several species of sponges, and an Iridigorgia magnaspiralis coral attached to ferromanganese encrusted pillow lavas, Castle Rock Seamount.

(Photo CredutL NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones Expedition)

Collecting a rock sample from an unnamed seamount using the manipulator on the D2 ROV (remotely operated vehicle)

Collecting a rock sample from an unnamed seamount using the manipulator on the D2 ROV (remotely operated vehicle)

(Photo Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones Expedition)

Join the virtual event online through one of the following platforms:

  • NOAA Ocean Exploration on Twitter @oceanexplorer
  • NOAA Ocean Exploration on YouTube @oceanexplorergov
  • NOAA Ocean Exploration on Facebook @OceanExplorationResearch

For more information, visit the expedition webpage: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/.../ex2104/welcome.html

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Join USGS researchers Jason Chaytor and Kira Mizell as they virtually participate in a NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition to the depths of the North Atlantic.

The 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts expedition runs from June 30 to July 29. At-sea and shore-based science teams will study deep-water habitats in the high seas, which are among the least understood ecosystems on Earth. Researchers use remotely operated vehicles to explore seamounts (steep underwater mountains) all without getting wet! View a livestream from the expedition.

USGS scientists Jason Chaytor and Kira Mizell are the expedition’s geology science leads. From land, they will work with a team to develop the dive plans, lead and narrate the dives for a world-wide audience, and coordinate science outcomes. This video highlights the collaboration between USGS and NOAA scientists as they explore the largely unmapped seafloor.

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Peter Pearsall, USGS

(Public domain.)

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