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Large bottom dredge used to collect samples from the ocean floor

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Crew of the research vessel Kilo Moana help guide a partially filled dredge bag back on board the ship during the ALIA Expedition in 2005. They sampled near a seamount (submarine volcano) named Vailulu'u, near American Samoa.


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Enduring Resources for Earth Sciences Education (ERESE)
In 2005, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Scripps Institution of Oceanography teamed up on the Hawaiian Research Vessel Kilo Moana to study the Samoan Hotspot. They named their expedition ALIA after the ancient twin-hulled canoe that Samoan Warriors used to explore the southwest Pacific. Learn more about this 2005 expedition.