Expedition to explore plateau off Virginia’s coast, shipwrecks off Atlantic coast

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 photo, the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster travels over Gray’s Reef, about 20 miles off the coast of Georgia. The 187-foot-long ship was headquarters for a 12-day research mission at the marine sanctuary. The federal research vessel is full of scientists conducting research on subjects ranging from whether invasive lionfish are present to how changing ocean conditions are affecting coral species. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(AP) — An expedition is underway that will explore unmapped areas off the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

The Charlotte Observer reports that scientists are particularly interested in an underwater plateau that sits about 440 miles off Virginia. But they’re also prepared to find undiscovered shipwrecks between North Carolina and Rhode Island.

The expedition is being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is set to finish up on June 27.

The deep-sea anomaly off Virginia’s coast is known as the Caryn Seamount. It rises about 6,500 feet over an otherwise flat section of the ocean floor.

The team also intends to collect images and data on shipwrecks using new equipment that is being tested.

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