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Vents conducts research on the impacts and consequences of submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal venting on the global ocean.

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    Today @Vents:
    Underwater Volcano Eruption Caught on Camera
    Discovery Channel


    Earthquake swarm at North Gorda

    Oregon Offshore Earthquakes
    600+ quakes in 10 days

    Antarctic Research
    OPB Oregon Field Guide

    Listen to Climate Change

    Long-term eruptive activity at a submarine arc volcano

    Vents multimedia web outlet

    Interactive dives to an active submarine volcano (6/8/05)

    Hydrophone Data of the EPR and North Atlantic now available. (5/13/03)

    Seismic Activity:
    Gorda-Blanco-S. JdF Event
    (July 2007)
    Gorda Ridge Event
    Endeavour Ridge Event &
    Event Response Cruise

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    image of new lava over old lavas image of hydrothermal microbe

    Expedition to Lau Basin
    November 13
    -28, 2008
    Expedition to search for hydrothermal activity in the NE Lau region by conducting water-column plume surveys aboard the R/V Thompson.
    Update from sea (11/21/08):
    "We have found that the water column over this back-arc spreading center is populated with an unusual suite of spectacular plumes at depths ranging from 1400 m up to 700 m below the sea surface...." (read more here)

      Oregon quake map
    Map of April 2008 earthquake swam. (click for full story.)

    Oregon Offshore Earthquakes
    April 2008
    NOAA Vents conducts response expedition to investigate earthquake swarms on Juan de Fuca plate and the Northern Gorda Ridge, offshore Oregon.

    Sounds of the Southern Ocean
    Nov. 20-Dec. 13, 2006
    -First attempt of deep-water ROV survey of hydrothermal vents and ecosystems in Antarctica. Hydrophones record sounds generated by moving ice sheets, undersea earthquakes and volcanoes; vocalizations from large baleen whales.
    2008: Listen to climate change (Oregonian 1/6/08)
    2006: Oregon Sea Grant Site
    2005: Oregon Sea Grant Site | NOAA Ocean Explorer Site
    Earth & Sky radio broadcast: A symphony of underwater sounds in Antarctica

    Tectonic Plates Slowly Moving
    Vents scientists have discovered that the seafloor off the Pacific Northwest is a jumping kind of place, with thousands of small, swarming earthquakes and tectonic plates that are slowly rearranging themselves. The findings could mean that a "Big One" earthquake may not be as severe...Science Daily 4/17/06

    2006 Submarine Ring of Fire: Mariana Arc
    April 2006- The 2006 expedition is the third in a series of explorations of the submarine volcanoes lying along the Mariana Arc, extending from south of the island of Guam northward more than 800 nautical miles (1450 km)

    audio iconListen to Blue Whale sounds (52 Hz whale)

    National Science Teachers Association selects NeMO Explorer, Hydrothermal Plume Studies, and Chemical Oceanography as some of the best websites for sciLINKS.

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