side-scan sonar

noun
\ˈsīd-ˌskan- \

Definition of side-scan sonar 

: a sonar that scans the ocean floor to the side of a ship's track and is used especially for mapping the ocean bottom

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Diving into a mystery In 1993, archaeologists and divers consulted eighteenth-century maps and logs for information about the locations of the wrecks, then took to the water with side-scan sonar to find them. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the coast of Rhode Island," 24 Sep. 2018 Officers were able to find Thota after days of searching by using side-scan sonar equipment and underwater cameras. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Police pull body of missing Bloomington man from Lake Monroe," 4 June 2018 The Sandusky Fire Department's dive team used side-scan sonar, but was unable to find the man. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off boat in Sandusky Bay," 28 Apr. 2018 With its side-scan sonar, the Remus 6000 is capable of mapping over 100 square kilometers per deployment. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "World War II carrier “Lady Lex” found 2 miles under sea by Allen expedition," 6 Mar. 2018 Last Sunday, the survey ship Fugro Equator used multi-beam echo sounder, side-scan sonar and an underwater drone to survey the seabed, locating an object of interest. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "After Mysteriously Disappearing in WWI, Australia’s First Submarine Finally Found," 22 Dec. 2017 Using multi-beam and side-scan sonar readings, and video, the Navy’s maritime archaeologists expect to get a fuller picture of the holes in the hull. Jeanette Steele, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What sunk the USS San Diego? A WWI naval mystery may be solved," 15 Sep. 2017

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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