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Images: NEPTUNE: A Fiber-Optic 'Telescope' to Inner Space

NEPTUNE's planned location off the Northwest US coast would facilitate studies of various components of Earth's plate tectonic system.

NEPTUNE is a proposed network of high-speed fiberoptic submarine cables throughout the Juan de Fuca Plate, which encompasses all the major Earth-shaping plate tectonic processes.

The NEPTUNE system would link a series of seafloor nodes supporting thousands of assorted instruments.