No, not the planet, an acronym: Monterey Accelerated Research System. What’s that? A remote-controlled oceanographic research station sitting 3,000 feet down off the California coast. Seriously cool (at least to those of us with a marine science background). Lots more information here. And yes, the sea bed off Monterey really does drop that precipitously. It would be on a par with the Grand Canyon if it were visible.
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Cheryl Morgan is the former non-fiction editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. The magazine won two Hugo Awards while she was on the staff.
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