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Seafloor Mapping

Bathymetric Mapping

A map is a flat model of all or part of Earth’s surface drawn to a specific scale. The better maps communicate information, the more effective they are as real-world models. Bathymetric maps show depths of landforms below sea level. To learn more about this important tool, click the link to the right to open a print-friendly fact sheet from NOAA Ocean Exploration.

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