We will be diving today on Northeast Bank, an extinct volcano that last erupted between 7 – 11 million years ago. It is a guyot, or a flat-topped volcanic cone surrounded by smaller cones. The flat top was caused by wave action during the last Ice Age, when lower sea levels brought the summit right to the surface of the ocean. The flanks should show evidence of lava, and we don’t know what to expect about the top, as it has never been explored before. We get in the water in just a few minutes – join us at http://www.nautiluslive.org and send us your questions!
The above is part of a multi-part series to run over the next couple of weeks. Melissa Baffa, Vice President of Program and Volunteer Services for GSCCC, will be joining the Corps of Exploration again this year, exploring the deep sea aboard the E/V Nautilus. This blog series will chronicle her dive into the Unknown.
Want to catch up on what happened last season? Click here to start with the first post from last season.