Campeche Escarpment is a prominent seafloor feature located off of the Yucutan Penninsula in the Gulf of Mexico that has never been investigated or mapped in detail. However, the geological records that it contains may help us understand the circumstances of the very abrupt transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary Eras (the K-T event) that took place approximately 65 million years ago and was accompanied by one of the most massive extinctions of life forms on our planet.
In collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute researchers lead by Drs. Charles Paull, David Caress, and Roberto Gwiazda as well as Drs. Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and Mario Rebolledo Vieyra of the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan in Mexico, Schmidt Ocean Institute is now conducting the first surface multibeam mapping survey of the Campeche Escarpment aboard R/V Falkor.
Live R/V Falkor web cams - set to update every 10 minutes:
R/V Falkor Control Room Camera 1 - Wide Angle Camera
R/V Falkor Control Room Camera 2
Aft Deck Camera