Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 23 Issue 01

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Volume 23, No. 1
Pages 88 - 89


BOX • The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: New Ways For Exploring the Ocean

By Stephen R. Hammond , John McDonough, and Craig Russell 
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Since its inception in 2001 in response to the report of the President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration (McNutt et al., 2000), the Ocean Exploration Program of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) has made exciting discoveries across all fields of oceanography. Some of the most spectacular discoveries have been related to seamounts, specifically the “North Atlantic Stepping Stones” expedition off the coast of New England (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/05stepstones) and the “Ring of Fire” expedition in the Pacific Ocean (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/06fire).


Hammond, S., J. McDonough, and C. Russell. 2010. Box 5: The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer—New ways for exploring the ocean. Oceanography 23(1):88–89, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2010.89.


Gardner, J., M. Malik, and S. Walker. 2009. Plume 1400 meters high discovered at the seafloor off the northern California margin. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 90(32):275.

McNutt, M., V. Alexander, J. Ausubel, R. Ballard, T. Chance, P. Douglas, S. Earle, J. Estes, D. Fornari, A. Gordon, and others. 2000. Discovering the Earth’s Final Frontier: A US Strategy For Ocean Exploration. US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 77 pp. Available online at: http://explore.noaa.gov/media/http/pubs/pres_panel_rpt.pdf (accessed December 10, 2009).

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