Use depth and angle (tilt from side to side) data of the seafloor from 3 locations on the Axial Seamount in the Northeast Pacific Ocean (Cabled Axial Seamount) to look if there are patterns over 7 months in 2015.

• Make a prediction about what kind of changes or patterns in seafloor depth and angle you may observe over time.
• Explore the data below to see what you can observe.

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Data Tips

When the site loads, you are able to see the seafloor depth and angle (tilt) in the X (east-west) and Y (north-south) directions from 7 months in 2015 at the Axial Seamount. You can interact with the data by:

• Zooming in and out of the data to look at different time scales that interest you by changing the width of the highlighted section of the bottom graph (it loads with all of the data highlighted).
• Selecting a different part of the time series to explore the data in ways that interest you by moving the highlighted section of the bottom graph to the right or left.
• Adding a different location of instruments at the seamount by selecting the other locations.

Note - Tilt values are in microradians. One microradian is the amount of angle you'd get if you lifted one end of a straight line that is 1 km long by 1 mm.

Questions for Thought

Orientation Questions
• Across what time period are you able to observe depth and angle (tilt from side to side) data of the seafloor in these graphs?
• What is the first month there are data?
• What is the last month there are data?
• In what direction (North, South, East, or West) is the angle of the seafloor when there is a negative X-tilt? A negative Y-tilt?
Interpretation Questions
• What changes or patterns did you observe in seafloor depth over this time period at the Axial Seamount?
• When did you see these changes or patterns?
• What changes or patterns did you observe in seafloor angle over this time period at the Axial Seamount?
• When did you see these changes or patterns?
• What questions do you still have about why the depth and angle of the seafloor changes over time?

Background Information

Click on the images below to learn more about where and how the dataset above was collected.