Scientists return from an ocean mapping expedition in the Northwestern Hawaiian IslandsUPDATED 8:59 PM HST Apr 11, 2014Video Transcript
Scientist are back from a 36- day mapping expedition in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say it's the best data any of them have ever collected of the fully protected marine conservation. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. 27 53 127 The LARGEST protected area in the United States-- bigger than all our national parks combined...and what's in the The Papa-hanau-mokua-kea Marine National Monument is still mostly a mystery. After all... 98 percent of it is more than 100 meters deep. Scientists are back from their latest mapping expedition using the Schmidt Ocean Institute's sonar system-- bringing back new discoveries and new knowledge from the bottom of the sea.. 131 THIS IS SUCH A LARGE AREA THAT NOAA AND OTHERS ARE TRYING TO PROTECT BOTH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAWAIIAN CULTURE IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE NEED TO KNOW FIRST OF ALL WHAT REALLY IS THERE 141 Now- an additional 17- percent of the area is mapped ---- These scientists had little to no data to go on. Now---they are getting a better understanding not only what new species live in the waters but also more on how the Hawaiian Islands were formed. 615 WE FOUND VOLCANOES THAT WERE TOO OLD TO HAVE BEEN CREATED IN HAWAII WHICH MEANS THAT THEY ALREADY EXISTED ON THE SEA FLOOR THEY CAME FROM THE EAST PACIFIC AND WERE BROUGHT OVER HERE AS THE PLATE MOVED INTO CENTRAL PACIFIC 29 The scientists believe the hawaiian islands formed in and around those sea mounts.. Some date back 90-million years. 12:45 This map shows what USED to be islands are now deep under water. These yellow lines show some of the Falkor's tracking... The goal.. to fill data gaps to facilitate future research and discoveries. 341 WHEN YOU WANT TO DEPLOY SUBMERSIBLES DIVERS ANYTHING THAT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY YOU REALLY WANT TO TARGET PLACES WHERE YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING TO FIND INTERESTING THINGS 50 The research team will be publishing mapping data.. Maps will be added to google earth for everyone to check out. The next expedition will take off on May 2nd.