Named for the Hawaiian word for “discovered,” the Kaunana Seamount, at 3,966 meters (13,012 feet), is the tallest of the three seamounts introduced here. It honors OER’s ROV Deep Discoverer for its role in the discoveries made in the region.What is a seamount?
What is a seamount? A seamount is an underwater mountain formed by volcanic activity. TThis image shows the topography of the Kaunana Seamount. The seamount was named in honor of OER’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer for its role in the discoveries made during an expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.What is the Hohonu Moana seamount?
The seamount was named in honor of OER’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer for its role in the discoveries made during an expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Colors represent water depth in meters as defined in the color key. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Hohonu Moana.Where are the two seamounts in Hawaii?
Two of these seamounts are located south of Midway Islands within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which protects the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Okeanos Explorer Seamount was named to honor NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for the role it played in the seamount's discovery.