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NZ-led team wins competition for $4 million ocean mapping

A New Zealand-led team has won a multi-million dollar competition exploring the depths of the ocean.

The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE challenges teams to map the sea floor at depths down to four kilometres using unmanned technology.

The $4 million first prize was awarded to GEBCO-NF for the work of its vessel, the SeaKit Maxlimer, which used sonar to determine water depth and a cloud-based data system to produce an ocean map within 48 hours.

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