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Collecting Bathymetric Data

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Physical scientist Jackson Currie steers a personal water craft (PWC) equipped with GPS and echo sounder through the waves of the nearshore area of Zmudowski State Beach in Moss Landing, California. The data collected is used to generate bathymetric maps, or maps of what the nearshore environment looks like underwater. Gathering this type of information helps USGS scientists to document the changes in beach and nearshore morphology (or form and structure), caused by seasonal variations and storms.


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