Northeast Pacific Seamount Map: a Gift that Keeps Giving

If there was a mountain in your backyard with no name, how long do you think it would stay that way? Not very long. Some intrepid explorer would climb it, map it, and name it. In the ocean, though, many mountains are unnamed, and unexplored.

There was a time when I lived in Los Angeles when I had lots of time to think about seamounts. I worked from home in a sweet apartment with a roof deck overlooking three different kinds of fruit trees. Life was good. I made maps for kicks in my spare time. My girl and I ate out nearly every night. Choosing a restaurant and a movie was actually the most difficult part of our day.

Then one day I met Dr. Craig McClain at a seamount conference in Vienna, Austria, and liked him immediately. Someone told him I had too much time on my hands. A month later he asked me to join his blog. With that, I was sucked into a 4 yr whirlwind. The blog got huge, I got married, went back to school, had two kids, and a PhD. Now, I am living in gratitude.

Here’s a gift, then, Craig, from when I had lots of time on my hands. Thanks always.  I hope you find this Northeast Pacific seamount map handy. It looks real nice on glossy paper. I like it because the image shows clearly that there’s two kinds of seamounts- those within federal jurisdiction, and those without. Unnamed seamounts are fairly common, so there is much to explore. Even the named seamounts are untapped.

Best of luck in your adventures, Craig, and thank you for this one. Kevin, rock on, brother. There’s a shrimp out there with your name on it. Thanks for making Deep Sea News such a beautiful site.

Named and unnamed seamounts in the Norteastern Pacific

Named and unnamed seamounts in the Northeast Pacific. Etnoyer, 2005.

Peter Etnoyer (406 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.





4 comments on “Northeast Pacific Seamount Map: a Gift that Keeps Giving
  1. Random drift of flotsam:
    if some1 names their kids
    Unnamed and Anonymous
    they’ll be very famous
    (sorry!)

  2. Peter, it could be that the seamounts with government protection are the ones in jeopardy. I am referring to the Haida iron dumping. The Haida have partnered with the Canadian government to manage the Bowie Seamount. Good luck with that.

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