Explore The Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary

Monterey Bay
Submarine Canyon

The Monterey Submarine Canyon is some 15-20 million years old and stretches 210 miles off shore. The canyon first existed in southern California near Santa Barbara although it looked very different from the way it currently looks. With the passage of millions of years the canyon was carried along the San Andreas Fault to its present location. The canyon is one of the largest in the United States. The deep water cold water upwelling from the Monterey Submarine Canyon provides an abundance of food and sediments for the marine ecology of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

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