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When Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished three years ago, the mystery wasn’t simply where the plane went down, but into what kind of world did it come to rest.
Relatives of the 239 people aboard MH370 have suffered repeated disappointment and at times have felt that their plight wasn’t being sufficiently addressed.
They may take some comfort that the two-year search of the Indian Ocean’s floor, by geophysical survey teams, was so painstaking and detailed that it has enabled the creation of state-of-the-art maps of the seafloor topography, and a better understanding of the geological processes occurring kilometres below the surface of the ocean.
The tragedy took scientists to places that nobody had ever seen before with any clarity.
Kim Picard, Brendan Brooke and Millard F. Coffin were part of the team at Geoscience Australia that worked on translating the data gleaned from the search, and turning it into maps.
They have just published a summary of their findings in the journal Eos.
While the global ocean covers 71 per cent of Earth’s surface, “the ocean floor remains poorly studied compared to the land surface”.