2014 Expedition

NEW AMERICA in 60 Seconds

Exploring Unknown America

Jul 6, 2014 to Jul 14, 2014

This expedition focused on documenting the myriad natural and cultural resources that lie in U.S. waters for the joint National Geographic and 60 minutes television special, . Some exploration sites visited include brine pools, deep-water coral reefs, and several shipwreck sites. These include German U-boat U-166 & Robert E. Lee. U-166 sank with all hands lost in 1942, after its crew torpedoed the steam passenger ship Robert E. Lee, on which 250 of 270 passengers were saved. U-166 is the only known U-boat to be sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. Other potential sites include Gulf Penn and Gulfoil, two oil tankers that were sunk by German U-boats during World War II. These two wrecks have a high abundance of very large corals growing on them, in particular, Lophelia pertusa, and have been used by biologists to study colonization and growth of these poorly understood types of corals. We are also working with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to select unidentified sonar targets to investigate during this expedition.

Meet the Team

Photo of Emily Ballard
Video Engineer
Photo of Katy Croff Bell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ashlyn Bourque
Video Intern
Photo of Katarina Bujnoch
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Monica Lewis Carter
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Marah Dahn
Ocean Science/Mapping Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Nicole Dubilier
Science/Data
Photo of Chuck Fisher
Chief Scientist
Photo of Sarah Fuller
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Rachel Gaines
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Michael Marin
Argus Pilot
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Artur Morozov
3rd Engineer
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Jillian Petersen
Science/Data
Photo of Susan Poulton
Communications/Media
Photo of Michael Romano
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Nolan Salyer
Navigator
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Liz Sayavedra
Science/Data
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Clara Smart
Navigator
Photo of Stephanie Stoeffler
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team

Highlights

Video: New America in 60 Seconds
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New America in 60 Seconds
July 6, 2014
Video: Close to Home: Exploring a German U-Boat Sunk off U.S. Coast
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Close to Home: Exploring a German U-Boat Sunk off U.S. Coast
July 7, 2014
Video: SS Robert E. Lee, A U-Boat's Final Victim
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SS Robert E. Lee, A U-Boat's Final Victim
July 7, 2014
Album: A Tale of Two Wrecks: U-166 and SS Robert E. Lee
 
A Tale of Two Wrecks: U-166 and SS Robert E. Lee
10 photos
July 7, 2014
Album: Life at a Brine Pool
 
Life at a Brine Pool
9 photos
July 9, 2014
Video: Life at Extremes: Biology of Brine Pools and Methane Seeps
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Life at Extremes: Biology of Brine Pools and Methane Seeps
July 9, 2014
Video: Into the Unknown: The Wreck of the USS Peterson
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Into the Unknown: The Wreck of the USS Peterson
July 10, 2014
Album: Identifying an Unknown Wreck: The Process in Photos
 
Identifying an Unknown Wreck: The Process in Photos
8 photos
July 11, 2014
Video: Torpedoed Tanker: SS Gulfoil
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Torpedoed Tanker: SS Gulfoil
July 11, 2014
Video: Mapping a German U-boat
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Mapping a German U-boat
July 13, 2014
Video: Sighting of Rare Chain Catsharks
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Sighting of Rare Chain Catsharks
July 14, 2014
Video: Exploring WWII Wrecks: SS Gulfpenn
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Exploring WWII Wrecks: SS Gulfpenn
July 15, 2014
Video: Sunken Steamer: SS Alcoa Puritan
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Sunken Steamer: SS Alcoa Puritan
July 15, 2014
Video: The Biology of Shipwrecks
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The Biology of Shipwrecks
July 17, 2014