Bear Seamount Research Paper

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Christopher Reeve once said, “Either you stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” Having been growing up on a boat during the summer for a majority of my life, I have always been surrounded by the ocean. I’ve been exposed to an abundance of different species of marine life, along with their environments. However, the bottom of the ocean has always been a mystery to me; I have never been able to see the surface of the seafloor first hand. Up until today, only about 5% of the ocean has been explored; this percentage will drastically increase due to the Atlantic Ocean disappearing. “A strange force has sucked all of the water out of the Atlantic Ocean,” said a news reporter. “It is currently unknown what force has caused this, but it is thought to have something to do…show more content…
This seamount, which is a flat-topped underwater volcano, is the oldest of the New England Seamount chain. Seamounts form from magma rising from the mantle of the Earth and eventually breaking through the crust. When I came across the Bear Seamount, I was happy to learn that it has not been active in more than 100 million years; it is considered to be extinct. Leading up to the flat top of the seamount were slighting steep slopes. I decided not to climb up the seamount because I was still weary of the possibility of there being an eruption and I continued on my way. While walking from the Bear Seamount, I came across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (38.7691,-30.96474). Commonly called MAR for short, the ridge is the longest mountain range in the world. It was formed by the tectonic plates diverging. Through this rift, magma rises from the mantle and erupts as lava to produce new crust material on the torn edges of the tectonic plates. When I saw how deep the rift was, I decided to use a helicopter once again to cross the rift. So far, I have travelled 1,864.965

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