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How do scientists study the seafloor?

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Mar 7, 2018




Sonar can be used to measure how deep the seafloor are. A device records the time it takes sound waves to travel from the surface to the sea floor and back. Sound waves travel through water at a certain speed. Once scientist know the travel time of the wave, they can calculate the distance to the sea floor.