map the ocean floor? You can't look at it. You can't drive on
it. Usually, you can't build on it. But fascinating discoveries
await those who map the deep - in places like the undersea Hudson
Canyon, off the coast of New York City, in a newly explored
region of - Our Ocean World.
a geologist at Rutgers University, took part in an expedition
last summer to map Hudson Canyon, a submerged extension of the
Hudson River. It cuts through the continental shelf for three
hundred miles until it reaches the ocean floor twelve thousand
feet below sea level.
soon as we simply stick our little toe in the ocean on the beach
we go from a known area to a wilderness. Even though this area
is in the backyard of the largest metropolitan area on Earth,
it is a true ocean frontier. "
colleagues found evidence of great landslides. But that's not
were most impressed by the grandeur of Hudson Canyon. If this
were a feature that was on land in sight of everyone, it would
be one of the great scenic areas of the world. "
Ocean World is produced in cooperation with the National Oceanic
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