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National Science Foundation

A Special Report


Seafloor Science


The roadmap of humans’ fascination with the ocean leads back as far as the early trade routes of 3500 BC, and forward as far as our minds can imagine. From the first modern deep-ocean scientific expedition by HMS Challenger in the 1870s to the VISIONS ’05 expedition by the University of Washington's research vessel Thomas G. Thompson to the northeast Pacific in September 2005, the ocean’s mysteries continue to beckon both explorers and scientists alike. Our need to look deeply into the ocean’s depths shows no sign of abating soon. In fact, we are just beginning to understand the extreme world of the seafloor itself.
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