New map of seafloor mirrors surface


  • Michael Carlowicz


Over the past few years, a Kiwi fisherman has made a bountiful living casting his nets in an area the experts said did not exist. The New Zealander has long asserted that there are shallows amid the remote and abyssal seas of the South Pacific—shallows that teem with marine life. His echo location instruments, as well as readings taken by a research ship in 1964, had charted depths as shallow as 160 m. But those readings were consistently discounted by ocean floor researchers as improbable.