The Atlantic Coast's Ancient Submarine Canyons and Seamounts

Nestled into the Atlantic Coast’s continental shelf are a series of deep submarine canyons and soaring seamounts, resembling the canyons and mountains of the American West.

These unique habitats provide critical natural refuges for a diversity of marine life, from colorful deep sea corals to giant sperm whales. Relatively undisturbed for thousands of years, these sanctuaries are now in danger of irreversible damage from advanced fishing technologies and renewed oil and gas exploration.