Behind the Science: Straits of Florida

Dr. Larry Mayer of the University of New Hampshire covers E/V Nautilus's cruise exploring the deep waters of the Florida Straits. The cruise focused on the discovery of new cold-water ecosystems and improved understanding of underwater geological hazards and processes. The Straits of Florida is a trough that separates the Florida Peninsula from Cuba and the Great Bahamas Bank. Due to the differences in geological, oceanographic, and chemical processes within this region, the deep water contains some of the greatest species richness in the Atlantic Ocean. 

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