Australian scientists create world's first digital seafloor map

Almost half a century has passed since the release of the last map of the earth's seabed. During this time, a huge amount of information was accumulated, which was summarized by a group of scientists from the School of Earth Sciences of the University of Sydney under the leadership of Dr. Adriana Dutkevich.

According to Dutkevich, the ocean floor is a kind of graveyard of the remains of microscopic creatures - phytoplankton, accumulated over hundreds of millions of years. By examining these remains, you can understand how the ocean reacted to climate change and how it will react in the future.

If research satellites are more suitable for studying the earth's land, then the ocean floor has to be studied using acoustic equipment installed on scientific ships.

The published map offers us a fresh look into the depths of the world's oceans. In total, it covers up to 70% of the surface of our planet. In addition to scientists, the Research Center for Information and Communication Technologies Australia (NICTA) took part in the work on creating the map.

NICTA spokesman Dr. Simon O'Callaghan frankly admitted:

"The latest images of Pluto's icy plains look impressive, but insight into the secrets our Earth holds is just as exciting and full of surprises."