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Press Release 09-090

Marine Scientists Return From Expedition to Erupting Undersea Volcano

Find massive volcanic cone, new deep-sea animal species

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Lava erupts onto the seafloor at NW Rota-1, creating a cloudy, extremely acidic plume.

Lava erupts onto the seafloor at NW Rota-1, creating a cloudy, extremely acidic plume.

Credit: WHOI


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This three-dimensional view shows the NW Rota-1 volcano, site of a recent expedition.

This three-dimensional view shows the NW Rota-1 volcano, site of a recent expedition.

Credit: NOAA

 

The NW Rota-1 undersea volcano is located north of the island of Guam.

The NW Rota-1 undersea volcano is located north of the island of Guam.

Credit: NOAA

 

The remotely operated vehicle Jason is about to descend to the seafloor.

The remotely operated vehicle Jason is about to descend to the seafloor.

Credit: Heidi Berkenbosch, GNS Science, New Zealand


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Scientists track Jason's progress on the sea-floor from a control room aboard ship.

Scientists track Jason's progress on the sea-floor from a control room aboard ship.

Credit: Verena Tunnicliffe


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Two unique species of shrimp were discovered at NW Rota-1.

Two unique species of shrimp were discovered at NW Rota-1.

Credit: WHOI


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Jason's arm samples NW Rota-1; the dark rocks are lava.

Jason's arm samples NW Rota-1; the dark rocks are lava.

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Jason is lifted from the ocean after a dive.

Jason is lifted from the ocean after a dive.

Credit: Kathy Cashman, University of Oregon


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