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20 September 2012

Follow live exploration of deep-sea volcanoes

Hydro International - 

Anyone with a computer or mobile online device can follow 35 international scientists, led by NOAA, as they explore seafloor volcanoes.

The scientists are providing live video from the deep sea and describing their discoveries as they explore submarine volcanoes in the Western Pacific’s Lau Basin, centred between Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.

A robot vehicle on the deep seafloor is sending to the research vessel and the worldwide web, live streaming video of lava landscapes and their exotic ecosystems.

The expedition can be joined live online each day, weather permitting, until 25 September 2012 between 3PM and 3AM, Eastern Daylight Time online (see link below).

The science team, led by Chief Scientist Joseph Resing, Ph.D., of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, is sampling and imaging deep-sea ecosystems in an area of the ocean where an explosively erupting submarine volcano was observed in 2009 at a depth of 4,000 feet.

Co-chief scientist on the 2012 expedition, Robert Embley, Ph.D., of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, said in 2009 that the explosions “looked like the 4th of July, underwater.”

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