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Baltimore should adopt the Baltimore Canyon

Baltimore should adopt the Baltimore Canyon

Would it surprise you to learn that just 70 miles off the coast of Maryland, there is a major submarine canyon bearing our city's name? At 28 miles long, 5 miles wide, and more than 1,500 feet deep at its mouth, the Baltimore Canyon is approximately the depth of eight and a half World Trade Center Baltimore buildings stacked upon each other.

Most importantly, this canyon is an ecological treasure containing rare, irreplaceable deep sea corals along with seldom seen biological phenomena known as cold-water methane seeps, which are critical for sustaining the food web and our local fishing economy. While methane seeps on land are considered dangerous, in the ocean they are...