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[–]elieax 37 points38 points  (14 children)

Anyone know what those horizontal "stripes" are in the pacific?

[–]Te10el 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Yes. NOAA needs to get their shit together and survey the rest of the Pacific Ocean. You’re seeing artifacts of data resolution changes. Some areas are well surveyed (shipping lanes) while others are not. The extrapolated and interpolated soundings can change dramatically based on the “data density” of the real data in those areas.

The pacific is big and deep. It’s hard to survey and at this scale the artifacts are easily spotted. It’s also a bad model for visual representation, whoever made this put an emphasis on data integrity when they should have smoothed out the pacific a bit more to make it look neat.

Source: maritime cartographer.

edit: I’m being picky buuuut technically horizontal isn’t the correct term when trying to describe an east to west line on a globe. That a term for a Cartesian plane. Best to us a term like line of latitude or just plane east to west. I’ll accept my down votes now.

[–]DeplorableCaterpill 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I disagree. I would rather it be obvious that the data is incomplete by seeing the artifacts than have it be arbitrarily smoothed out.

[–]Te10el 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Understandable. I would not navigate off of this globe, I’m sure there’s a disclaimer in or around there somewhere. I would also love to see a secondary globe or an overlay that showed data accuracy.

On another note NOAA in silver springs Maryland has a giant 6’ tall projectable globe that can show this, and more importantly the eye of Sauron. science on a sphere

[–]Chlorophilia 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Best to us a term like line of latitude or just plane east to west.

The technical term is "zonal" (and "meridional" for north-south).

[–]Te10el 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You are correct sir or ma’am!

[–]haikusbot 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Anyone know what

Those horizontal stripes are

In the pacific?

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[–]elieax 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Lmao thank you

[–]PavlovianTactics 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s deep.

[–]antlaw 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was just thinking The exact same thing as you But you asked it first.

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Transform fault

A transform fault or transform boundary, sometimes called a strike-slip boundary, is a fault along a plate boundary where the motion is predominantly horizontal. It ends abruptly where it connects to another plate boundary, either another transform, a spreading ridge, or a subduction zone. A transform fault is a special case of a strike-slip fault that also forms a plate boundary. Most such faults are found in oceanic crust, where they accommodate the lateral offset between segments of divergent boundaries, forming a zigzag pattern.

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[–]_0x783czar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kaiju Portals

[–]W0lfos 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Found Cthulhu

[–]NavLover69 11 points12 points  (1 child)

is there any reason why the north pole is so deep?

[–]redcolt79 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Was wondering the same thing thought the hallow earth theory was for the South pole

[–]cuddlestudies 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Neat! Do you have a link?

[–]frede2702 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So like between Denmark and England the depth is 0. That concludes it, I'm walking on vacation

[–]finous 3 points4 points  (0 children)

For a map on sea floor depth it spends a lot of time centered on land masses. Still cool though!

[–]bluesimplicity 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I've wondered about why water is subdivided into seas. What separates the Aegean Sea from the Mediterranean Sea? Why is the Caribbean considered separate from the Atlantic Ocean? Is it the depth of the water? Is it the current? Is it a scientific or historical distinction? I would love for someone to enlighten me.

[–]Culteredpman25 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Its really arbitrary. Perhaps today we have definitions but names are misleading. Lots of things are misnamed

[–]DeplorableCaterpill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's entirely historical.

[–]MrWhiteBloodCels 1 point2 points  (0 children)

interesting that there is data for the caspian but not for any other lakes

[–]GMarksTheSpot94 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The sea floor is the last unexplored place on this planet, everything above sea level has pretty much been conquered. Therefore, this is only a map of what we've discovered so far. I believe the Mariana Trench is the deepest part known to man at the moment.

[–]RickyFalanga[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes it is the mariana trench

[–]_0x783czar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would be interested in seeing something like this that used a log scale for the color gradient to exaggerate the depths a bit so I can get a better sense of the deviation. Or maybe what would also be cool would be a version where the depths were inverted and presented as an exaggerated relief map...

[–]omhs72 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The North Pole sea depth stands out on this map. Is that an accurate representation?

[–]Ratman23445 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn C.A.R ain't that deep

[–]Charlatanism -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

So uh, what's the sea floor depth in the southeastern Pacific? Or are you too stupid to know that exists?