KAZU Local
3:41 am
Wed February 8, 2006

Scientists investigate underwater volcano just outside Monterey Bay

Moss Landing, CA – About 75 miles southwest of Monterey -- thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean -- sits a huge underwater mountain. Scientists have not known very much about this inactive volcano, known as the Davidson Seamount, but they've recently learned a lot more.

A group of marine biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Moss Landing Marine Lab just got back from a 10-day trip to the Seamount, where they sent a remotely operated vehicle down to take pictures and bring back samples.

KAZU's Ben Adler talks with the cruise's chief scientist, Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Want to see photos and video from the trip? Visit the NOAA Ocean Explorer's website.