|Researching the effects of underwater hydrothermal venting systems|
|Vents Geology Program|
The NOAA/VENTS Geology Program aims to understand how submarine volcanic activity affects hydrothermal venting along the mid-ocean ridge system. The ultimate heat source for all hydrothermal venting is molten rock within the Earth. Individual volcanic events bring this heat close to the surface where it can be released into the ocean, along with chemicals that sustain unique biological environments (both on and below the seafloor). Therefore, we are especially interested in studying the sites of recent submarine eruptions. Our current efforts are mainly focused on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Ridges in the NE Pacific. (Image above courtesy of Daniel J. Johnson).
Check out recent highlights from NeMO:
(on-going research at a seafloor observatory at Axial Volcano)
Other items of interest:
Personnel and affiliations
|last updated: 01/10/06 by Bill Chadwick|