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Marine Geology & Geophysics

Puerto Rico Trench Dive Animation

screen shot of Puerto Rico Trench movie in Quicktime Viewer

9mb .mov35mb .mov,
122mb HDV .mov

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Movies require QuickTime 7 or higher

(during movie, click once to pause,
double-click to resume play)

The Puerto Rico Trench is the deepest place in the Atlantic Ocean, but these videos have the vertical dimension strongly exaggerated to further enhance the visual effect. The maximum depth of the trench is a little greater than 8 kilometers, but its width is over 20 kilometers. The color scheme chosen is arbitrary but represents a typical color for the ocean bottom.

These animations were produced by Dr. Peter Sloss of NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), Marine Geology and Geophysics Division, from actual digital bathymetric data archived by, and available through NCEI.

The smaller downloadable files depict a degraded sample. Each downloadable file contains additional sequences showing the location of the Trench.

external link to more about the Puerto Rico Trench