Antarctic Hydrothermal Vents

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Location: East Scotia Ridge, Southern Ocean

Date: December 2012

Ship: RRS James Cook

A 25-day research expedition to hydrothermal vent fields and other chemosynthetic habitats discovered between 1400-2700m depth on the East Scotia Ridge in 2010 as part of the ChEsSO consortium. The cruise focused on exploring the world’s most southerly hydrothermal vent fields and a natural whale fall using a CTD and the ROV Isis. The wildlife seen on this cruise, both above and below the water, was fantastic!

Below is a video on the hydrothermal vents on the East Scotia Ridge compiled by Dr. Jon Copley:

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