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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.

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Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat with one trench

Two miles beneath the sea surface where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and — in a potential break for the search — mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.

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Autonomous underwater vehicle on the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) conducts numerous expeditions around Australia using their Sirius autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Here is a recent video captured by a GoPro mounted on the AUV while on a research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The voyage departed from Townsville on the RV Cape Ferguson and explored the central Great Barrier Reef.

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Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef submarine canyons

Vast undersea canyons are giving scientists insight into the ancient history of the Great Barrier Reef, and how it has responded to past climate change. “Beyond the familiar coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are deep basins and troughs, as deep as around three kilometres, bordering the north-east Australian continental shelf,” Associate Professor Jody Webster from the University of Sydney said.

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'Unmappable' Great Barrier Reef mapped

Aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP, together with researchers from James Cook University, the University of Queensland and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, have processed historical satellite data to derive a set of groundbreaking, high resolution, shallow water topography maps for the entire Great Barrier Reef.

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