A Mountainous Discovery. Satellites Spot Thousands of New Mountains on Ocean Floor

October 3, 2014 2:28 PM

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A Mountainous Discovery. Satellites Spot Thousands of New Mountains on Ocean Floor

Two satellites, using gravity measurements, have unveiled the most detailed map yet of the ocean floor. What they found was incredible. Thousands of previously unknown underwater mountains, known as seamounts, were discovered. These seamounts range in height between 3,000 and 6,500 feet.

The satellite pair also discovered a series of inactive ridges where the Earth’s continents once separated millions of years ago.

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