SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A joint effort by more than a dozen states has resulted in detailed maps of the sea floor in and around the Bay Area, offering a never before seen glimpse at the underwater landscape.

The maps were created as part of the California Seafloor Mapping Program (CMSP) that was started in 2007.  The maps have contributed to helping define habitats, provide a database of sediment distribution, and improve maritime safety.

The USGS is releasing the interactive maps, and video shot from the seafloor.

The maps will be used by scientists to monitor changes in the seabed, and explore possible connections between offshore faults.


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