Seafloor Images of Air France Crash Site Available
Media Contact:  Beth Potier
603-862-1566
UNH Media Relations

Ben Sherman
301-713-3066
NOAA Communications
June 4, 2009


DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire/NOAA Joint Hydrographic Center has created images that illustrate the seafloor bathymetry off the coast of Brazil where search efforts for debris from Air France Flight 447 are concentrated. These images are available to download. Please credit University of New Hampshire/NOAA.

http://www.unh.edu/news/img/brazil.jpg
http://www.unh.edu/news/img/perspective.jpg
The seafloor in the general area of the search efforts, created from global datasets provided by NOAA. The area, which has not been extensively mapped, is on the eastern flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Water depth is about 3000 meters (9850 feet).

The Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, a NOAA-UNH partnership, is a national center for expertise in ocean mapping and hydrographic services. Co-directed by Larry Mayer of the University of New Hampshire and Andy Armstrong of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey, the center has has produced high-resolution maps of the Arctic Ocean (2006, 2007, 2008 and upcoming 2009), Bering Sea (2003), the Atlantic coast of the U.S. (2004, 2005 and 2008), the Gulf of Alaska (2005), Mariana Islands (2006 and 2007), and the Gulf of Mexico (2007).

On the Web:
NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov
Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire: http://www.ccom-jhc.unh.edu

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