NOAA Begins Latest Submarine Ring of Fire Expedition

Written by on September 11, 2012 in Physical Oceanography

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) recently launched the Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: Northeastern Lau Basin Expedition.

An area on the summit of the West Mata Volcano erupts. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: NE Lau Basin, NOAA-OER.

An area on the summit of the West Mata Volcano erupts. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: NE Lau Basin, NOAA-OER.

The Submarine Ring of Fire is a collection of active volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean Basin.  The communities surrounding the volcanoes contain many species that are new to science and have the potential to provide natural products for medicinal use.

The Northeastern Lau Basin Expedition began on Sunday the 9th and will continue through Wednesday the 26th.

It involves a team of 27 scientists and technical experts from the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as team members from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences in Germany.  They will collaborate to use the Quest 4000, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect samples at the volcanic vents and hotsprings.

Check out some of these links from the webpage:

Syringe sampler used by ROV manipulators to collect microbial mat samples. Photo credit: NOAA / NSF / WHOI.

Syringe sampler used by ROV manipulators to collect microbial mat samples. Photo credit: NOAA / NSF / WHOI.

 

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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