Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Detailed ocean-floor search maps created during the unfruitful hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that was released by Australia on Wednesday are likely to raise the knowledge of fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the southern continents of the earth.
The Indian Ocean search had concluded in January.
It involved covering a stretch of open waters wherein the undersea mountains are larger than Mount Everest. In addition, a rift valley dotted with subsea volcanoes run for a great distance.
The whereabouts of the aircraft that went missing in March 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur carrying 239 people on board continues to be one of the greatest mysteries on the sphere of aviation history in the world.
But then, information accumulated during a painstaking hunt during surveys of about 120,000 square kilometers of the remote waters west of Australia would offer oceanographers, fishermen and geologists a deep insight into this region in a great detail, according to Charitha Pattiaratchi, professor of coastal oceanography, University of Western Australia.
These are the locations of seamounts that continue attracting several international deep-sea fishermen to this area, said Pattiaratchi told a news media.
Exorbitantly priced fishes like trevally, alfonsino, orange roughy, toothfish and tuna gather close to the seamounts. Pattiaratchi said that the location of seamounts would also assist the impact of tsunamis in the region.