Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration

Design. Build. Explore.

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Coming in May! Valor in the Atlantic Expedition – all wrecks, all the time.

Engineers, videographers, data specialists, and educators. We are the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Our team designs, builds, and operates robotic platforms that explore the most extreme underwater environments on the planet—from the deep ocean to the largest lakes. We share our discoveries with the public through our education modules.

GFOE pilots install the tube core rosette to take five sediment cores during the final dive of the cruise. Launching at 4pm west coast time. #expresscruise

Another safe recovery late last night and now we only have two more dives! We should launch today at 4pm west coast time. Link to live video in profile. #expresscruise #oceanexploration #channelislands

Chief pilot Bobby Mohr predives The vehicles before launch. We are descending now and should be exploring the seafloor soon. Live feed link in profile. #expresscruise

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A fun fact from our friends at NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary!Fun Fact Friday!

Did you know? The USS Monitor is one of only three remaining monitors that can be visited on the seafloor today! The other two are the HMVS Cerberous and the HNoMS Thor and they reside in Australian and Norwegian waters respectively. The Monitor is the deepest and the oldest of these three vessels. We are working hard to preserve this unique piece of history we have right here at home so that everyone can see and experience the Monitor!

To learn more about the USS Monitor visit:

To learn more about the conservation of the Monitor, visit:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Naval History & Heritage Command, The Mariners' Museum and Park,

Image: A diver inspects the wreck of the USS Monitor in rarely clear conditions, (NOAA)
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A fun fact from our friends at NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary!

Today on International Women's Day, we celebrate all of the incredible women of GFOE and all past, present, and future female explorers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for all that you do! Awesome women making a difference!

GFOE has some extraordinary women; wonderful role models for young women to look up to.

Are you ready for all wrecks, all the time? GFOE will be exploring shipwrecks within and around the NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in May! Join us for this historic expedition and learn more about it at ... See MoreSee Less

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Building a World-Class, Worldwide Ocean Exploration Program

Exploring the earth’s greatest depths. Producing the tools needed to get there. Bringing together global partners. Our team designs, builds, and operates some of the most capable underwater robotic technology in the field.  From ocean depths to lake bottoms, our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization knows no boundaries when it comes to exploration. We actively seek opportunities for collaboration. Read our recent news stories from the field and watch videos from our award-winning videographers on YouTube. You can be part of the mission by making a donation to our organization. Help us explore your world!