Exploration & Discovery of Australia's Oceans
Deepreef Explorer is the website for Dr Robin Beaman and the team of scientists working to reveal the underwater landscape and seabed habitats of Australia's regional seas - from the warm tropical Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, to the icy polar waters of Antarctica.

Look through our Projects section which showcases the latest ocean mapping research and discoveries, or visit our Gallery to view and download images and maps from our various projects and expeditions.

For a range of published literature about these projects, including in-depth scientific articles, reports and conference publications about our research, you can access them from the Publications list.

To view and download seabed bathymetry (depth) data in a range of formats, go to the Bathymetry menu, or visit the Technology pages for more information on the variety of tools used to study the ocean floor.

Contact Marine Geologist Dr Robin Beaman if you want to ask any questions about the research, or visit his Biography and follow Rob's Blog about recent ocean mapping events in the Australian region.

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Tasmantid Seamounts of Australia
The ocean floor is the Earth’s last great frontier, full of great mountain ranges and deep chasms that are largely unexplored. Just 150-600 km east of the Australian mainland is a 2000 km long chain of submerged volcanoes that rise over 4000 m above the seafloor - nearly twice the height of the highest mountain on the mainland. These undersea mountains, the Tasmantid Seamounts, are extinct volcanoes formed from around 40 until 6 million years ago above a mantle hotspot, similar to the Hawaiian Islands.
Zenith Plateau as the final resting place for MH370
The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 has become focused on the Zenith Plateau in the eastern Indian Ocean, lying about 1000 km to its nearest point on the Western Australia coast, or 1685 km north-west of Perth. The plateau is surrounded by the extensive Wharton Basin to the west and north, joins to the Quokka Rise and Wallaby (or Cuvier) Plateau to the east, and is bounded to the south by the Perth Abyssal Plain.