BY JENNI RYALL The organisation mapping the seafloor in the search for the wreckage of MH370, has released a video and images showing the underwater area it is exploring. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is leading the search in the southern Indian Ocean for the Boeing-777 aircraft that disappeared on Mar. 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, with 239 people on board. SEE ALSO: Emotional letter begs Australian banks to leave 'humiliated' farmers alone ATSB with Geoscience Australia used bathymetry, the study and mapping of the seafloor by obtaining measurements of the depth of the ocean, before the search for MH370 began. The survey vessels spent months at sea with multibeam sonar, gathering high-resolution data so the search could be undertaken in a safe and effective manner. It is the first time some of the seabed features in the Indian Ocean have been viewed, as certain areas were more than six kilometres in depth and had never before been explored. The computer-animated "flythrough," captured by search vessel GO Phoenix, shows parts of the seafloor terrain in the search area. The ATSB also released a "synthetic aperture sonar acoustic image" of the seafloor gathered by GO Phoenix. “This is indicative of the resolution and quality of the data and that it is revealing important detail of the seafloor,” according to ATSB. More via Mashable.
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