(New York Times) As searchers began a deep-sea hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday, three-dimensional maps — the first produced of the remote region off the western Australian coast where the missing plane is thought to have run out of fuel — pointed to the huge scale of the task ahead.
Newly produced maps show that the area's waters, beneath which are volcanoes, crevasses, plateaus and ridges, may be more than three and a half miles deep in places.
"It is rugged underwater terrain, a long way down," said Alec Duncan, a senior lecturer at the Center for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. "It makes the next phase of the search much harder."
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