|The New England Seamount Chainin the Atlantic Ocean|
Bear Seamount - oldest seamount in the New England Seamount Chain
If enough volcanic material erupts, and the material is amassed atop itself, a seamount can rise above sea level to become a high island like the Hawaiian Islands.
Many volcanoes go dormant or become extinct to remain seamounts below sea level.
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”Seafloor mapping missions are still discovering new seamounts.
― William James
“What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.”Gravity fields recorded by the NASA Jason-1 satellite, combined with gravity measurements from the ESA CryoSat-2 satellite, have enabled scientists to map thousands of previously uncharted seamounts.
― Bertrand Russell
|Seamount southeast of Jarvis Island|
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
- New map uncovers thousands of unseen seamounts on ocean floor, NSF, 4 Oct 2014.
- New Seamount Discovered During ECS Mapping, NOAA, 20 August 2014.
- Seamount, Wikipedia
- Scientists discover seamount in Pacific ocean, Phys.org, 4 September 2014.