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Scientists work on new ways to map Earth's final frontier: the ocean floor

USF Oceanographers follow an uncrewed autonomous boat. 
The vehicle is helping create hyper-detailed maps of the seafloor just off the 
coast. (Courtesy of David Levin)
USF Oceanographers follow an uncrewed autonomous boat. The vehicle is helping create hyper-detailed maps of the seafloor just off the coast. (Courtesy of David Levin)

Researchers have found new methods to make detailed maps of the sea floor. The maps will make it possible to spot and protect sensitive marine habitats, ensure safe navigation for ships and keep people on land safe during a hurricane.

David Levin of the podcast “Deep Soundings” reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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