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Seafloor Mapping Event at Ocean Explorium Monday
Released: 7/7/2011 10:00:00 AM

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass.New traditional and interactive maps of the seafloor off the Massachusetts coast are being displayed for the first time at an event at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford Monday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event is free and includes access to the facility's aquariums and exhibits.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management will be on hand to discuss the work, with special presentations on mapping technology and its uses scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The event, titled "The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?," will include displays of seafloor mapping instruments, a 3D interactive display of the ocean’s floor, posters, handouts, and the opportunity for the public to ask questions to the scientists involved in the mapping.  The event will highlight some of the work being conducted by USGS, Coastal Zone Management, and the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries, and includes maps of Buzzard's Bay, Vineyard Sound, and other areas in the vicinity of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Seafloor maps provide detailed information about the seafloor landscape used by scientists, resource managers and others for a variety of reasons, including supporting fisheries research, identifying potential hazards, siting construction projects, and for the conservation and protection of critical habitat.  

Scientists at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center are leaders in the research of coastal and marine geology, seafloor mapping technology, and the waters off the Massachusetts coast.  Beginning in 2003, the center partnered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to develop high-resolution geological maps of the Massachusetts inner continental shelf.

Coastal Zone Management and Marine Fisheries played key roles in the mapping work done to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the nation's first comprehensive plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in the state's ocean waters.

For directions to the event, visit the Ocean Explorium website.

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