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>> There's still no sign of MH370, but the search for the ill-fated airliner has provided scientists with a bounty of information. The whereabouts of the plane remains one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. The Malaysian Airlines flight vanished in March, 2014 on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, 239 people were on board.
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Now detailed sea floor maps made during the search have been released by Australia. Reuters' Jonathan Barrett says it expands our knowledge of the Indian Ocean.>> It shows basically every dimple and pimple on the sea floor surface. It shows mountains bigger than Mount Everest down there and valleys full of underwater volcanoes.
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And this sort of unprecedented detail comes from three years of painstaking scans and trolling back and forth over this area.>> These images are something for geologists and oceanographers to chew over. The surveys covered some 46,000 square miles, that's 120,000 square kilometers of the remote waters west of Australia.
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Only 10% to 15% of the world's oceans have been surveyed with this technology. It may help model the impact to tsunamis, undersea mountains are known to help dissipate the destructive force. But it could also prove commercially lucrative.>> It's handy for the deep sea fishermen who apply this area which is really in the middle of nowhere.
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It shows them where the sea mounts are. And that's handy because fish like to hang out around the sea mounts cuz there's plankton and food there basically.>> Australia's underwater search for MH370 is currently suspended. None of this will provide any comfort to the relatives of the 239 people lost on the doomed flight.
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For them, the painstaking search simply failed to answer what happened to their loved ones.