12 Nov Abyssal Plains
Plotting my noon position on a large scale chart of the Eastern Pacific, I realized I was over an abyssal plain. Basically, the open ocean bottom is mostly dead flat and featureless. Growing up on the prairies, I know something about dead flat and featureless.
The open ocean, away from continental shelves is, on average about 4km deep. The depths of the deep open ocean are a seeming abyss and thus we have abyssal plain.
Mostly I just like the word. Anytime you get a chance to say, refer to, or write about an abyss, take it. The plains themselves might not be too interesting to anyone save a scientist studying curious life forms, but the word is a lot of fun.
Follow my tracks in real-time: