High-tech maps show ocean floor off SC

Map of the ocean floor. (Source: College of Charleston)

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Researchers and students at the College of Charleston are providing insight into why fish seem to congregate in what are some of the most popular fishing spots off the South Carolina coast.

It seems many of those spots correlate with the locations of meanders - locations where prehistoric creeks fed the ocean about 10,000 years ago when sea level was lower and the coastline farther east.

The channels exposed limestone that now provides a place where invertebrate sea life can colonize and so attract fish.

Geology and marine biology students, along with their professors, were out mapping such areas earlier this month with high-tech equipment. Researchers are working with the Department of Natural Resources to provide information to determine whether some of the areas need to be made fishing sanctuaries.


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