The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water. Where under sea mountains larger than Mount Everest rise. A rift valley dotted with sub sea volcanoes runs for hundreds of kilometers.
The whereabouts of the plane, which vanished in March 2014. Route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. Remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.
Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Released by Australia could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries. And the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents. The data consists of three-dimensional models of undersea landforms. By raw bathymetric survey information and drift analysis.
Mapping data collected during the first phase of the search
However, information gathered during painstaking surveys of some 120,000 sq. km. The remote waters west of Australia should provide fishermen, oceanographers and geologist’s insight into the region in unprecedented detail, said Charitha Pattiaratchi, professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia.
High-priced fish tuna, toothfish, orange roughy, alfonsino and trevally to gather near the seamounts. Where plankton swirl in the currents. Location of seamounts would also help model the impact of tsunamis. Undersea mountains help dissipate their destructive energy. Potentially change our understanding of the break-up of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
Stuart Minchin, chief of Geoscience Australia’s environmental geoscience division, said the remote search area was now among the most thoroughly mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet.
Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370’s transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course, out over the Indian Ocean. Various pieces of debris have been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa’s east coast and at least three of them have been confirmed as coming from the missing Boeing 777.
Australia has not ruled out resuming the search for the airliner but has said that would depend on finding new evidence about the plane’s whereabouts.