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A Quest to Map the Seafloor by 2030

The unknown hit the USS San Francisco like a torpedo. On January 8, 2005, the nuclear submarine was barreling along at 38 miles per hour, 525 feet beneath the surface. Such vessels often travel in virtual blindness, forgoing radar and its telltale pings; the crew relied on seafloor charts to navigate. But the maps were incomplete. About 360 miles southeast of Guam, the sub slammed into an unmapped underwater mountain.
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