Albatross Plateau

Albatross Plateau

 

a plateau-shaped rise on the bottom of the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean. The plateau extends 2,500 km from the equator to the Gulf of California. It is approximately 1,000 km wide, and its relative altitude is 1,000–1,500 m. The depth over the Albatross Plateau is 3,357–3,871 m, 2,500–3,000 m over some ridges. Individual peaks form islands (Revillagigedo, Clipperton) and underwater banks (Germain, Allaire). The plateau is crossed by fracture zones (Clarion, Clipperton). It is named after the expedition of the ship Albatross (USA), which in 1880–1905 conducted bathymetric and biological investigations of the Pacific Ocean.