Posted on: July 21, 2017
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After nearly three years of scouring the deep ocean, the tri-national team failed to find the majority of the aircraft from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, though pieces from the plane eventually washed up on beaches in Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and elsewhere.
What the team did find in the search, however, could help scientists for decades to come.
According to an AFP report, the technology used by the search team on the southern Indian Ocean has only been deployed in 10-15% of the world's waterways, making the region "among the most thoroughly mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet," per Stuart Minchin, environmental geoscience chief for Geoscience Australia.
The team's discoveries include volcanoes, massive underwater ridges, and valleys, many of which were previously unknown to researchers.
Much of the search was focused along a geological "breakup zone," formed by the separation of tectonic plates approximately 40 million years ago.
The investigation also turned up two shipwrecks, in addition to the vast trove of ocean floor data.
In the meantime, the Australian government has made the entire collection available for public review and analysis.
Researchers hope that continued study will yield more insights about a still-little-understood portion of our world.
While the recovery efforts failed to provide answers for the dozens of families affected by the tragedy, the three-year effort could yield a win for humanity in the long run.
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