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Deep-sea research produces reef maps

High-resolution sonar map

The high-resolution sonar maps detail scarp faces and rough reef edges, and illustrate a reef with greater extent than previously mapped. The rapid multi-beam sonar method used has enabled scientists to determine the habitat between well-known and previously mapped patches of reefs, to connect the dots and form a complete picture of some of the shelf-edge reef habitat off South Carolina. The sonar imagery will collectively provide habitat maps for the region and assist future researchers, fishery managers, students and educators interested in features of the ocean floor that are important in producing and sustaining fish and fisheries.   

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