National Geographic Channel Airs Special Featuring Lamont-Doherty Scientists

August 13, 2009

Chimneys spewing super-hot fluid create a unique environment along the ocean floor. Here, countless giant tubeworms flourish.

Credit: National Geographic Channel

“Drain the Ocean” will be aired Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m. on the National Geographic channel. The special put computer-generated imagery and digital mapping technology to imaginative use through showing what the oceans would look like if all their water was emptied through an imaginary drain. The result would be a landscape far more dramatic than anything on dry land, including a 40,000 mile-long mountain range, the world’s deepest canyon and widest plains, and bizarre, bioluminescent life forms.

Lamont scientists Vicki Ferrini, Bill Ryan , and Suzanne Carbotte contributed to the piece, and the Marine Geoscience Data System , developed and hosted at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory was used to produce some of the film’s animations.

For more information, see the National Geographic Channel website.

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