Phoenix Islands Chain Deep Dive

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GPS Coordinates to the Phoenix Islands Chain: -2.7972271, -175.490129

Expedition Background

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is the largest and deepest marine preserve in the world. Above the water, 8 low-lying islands create a tropical paradise. But the real wonders are below the surface. Huge tracts of deep ocean are pierced by over 25 underwater volcanoes. Seamounts, atolls and submerged reefs create one of the last isolated coral archipelago ecosystems, virtually untouched by people. The waters here teem with 500 species of fish, 120 types of coral and an abundance of sharks and sea turtles.

Starting on Monday, October 9, you can dive deep with researchers from Schmidt Ocean Institute during this new virtual exploration. Blogs, videos, photos and interactive features will connect you, your students, your family and friends to the dark, deep world of the Phoenix Island Chain.

Daily Updates

October 9, 2017: Setting Sail for the Phoenix Islands

October 16, 2017: PIPA: Right Next Door In the Middle of the Ocean

October 16, 2017: Visiting Kanton Atoll

October 19, 2017: Going Deeper into PIPA

October 20, 2017: New Perspectives in Place

October 24, 2017: Corals Through the Looking Glass

October 25, 2017: Underwater Biogeography

October 26, 2017: Coral Associates of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area

October 30, 2017: Secrets of the Ocean’s Most Abundant Molecule

October 31, 2017: Life in a Blue Ocean

October 31, 2017: Sampling and Squishy Fingers: Week 3 Wrap Up

November 3, 2017: Chasing Ghosts

November 3, 2017: A Natural Experiment

November 3, 2017: Deep Corals of PIPA: Wrap Up



A Cooperative Program

This virtual exploration is made possible through the kind cooperation of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. To learn more about the institute's work, visit them online at schmidtocean.org.

A Note About Dates and Times

Due to the nature of scientific field work, the dates for our virtual explorations may change at short notice to accommodate weather, ocean conditions or other intrinsic factors. Additionally, time zone difference and communication availability may mean some items are posted on dates different from when they were written. We appreciate your understanding.