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Seafloor mapping systems

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Graphic showing geophysical and sampling systems used to define the seafloor topography, surface sediments, and underlying geology.  Sidescan-sonar systems acquire information about the surface of the seafloor, swath bathymetric systems measure the depth, or seafloor topography, seismic sources map the underlying geologic structure, single-beam echosounders map the depth at a point beneath the vessel, and sampling systems collect samples of the seafloor and can be equipped with digital camers and video systems to collect optical images of the seafloor.

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