ABE Overview

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ABE is recovered after mapping the heat flux from hydrothermal plumes on the Juan de Fuca Ridge (D. Yoerger)


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Overview of ABE.


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This map shows ABE's dive locations for the years 1996-2005...


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The Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE) is a fully autonomous vehicle used for survey of the deep seafloor for depths of 5000 meters. ABE produces bathymetric and magnetic maps of the seafloor and has been used to quantitatively survey hydrothermal vents. Most recently, ABE has been used to locate, map, and photograph deep sea vent sites based on clues provided by towed and lowered instruments. ABE has taken digital bottom photographs in a variety of deep sea terrains, including the first autonomous surveys in an active hydrothermal vent site. To date, ABE has completed 155 dives in the deep ocean over 13 cruises, covering over 2500 km of survey tracks at an average survey depth of over 2000 meters.



 

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Last updated August 15, 2005
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