On the Ocean Floor - 11/19/13 | WYPR

On the Ocean Floor - 11/19/13

The ocean floor is often thought of as a continuation of the land, a featureless sandy plain stretching across the sea to another shore thousands of miles away.  Yet, this could hardly be further from the truth.

The deep ocean seascape boasts mountains that would tower over the Himalayas and canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon.  In fact, Earth’s largest volcano was recently discovered 1000 miles west of Japan…a behemoth the size of New Mexico that rises four miles from the floor of the vast Pacific Ocean.