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Sea-Floor Sunday #71: Live feed from active submarine volcano

August 22, 2010

This week’s Sea-Floor Sunday image is from a site I saw linked to by various folks the past week. As part of NSF’s Ocean Observatories Initiative they have included a live feed from Axial Volcano, an active volcano along the Juan de Fuca ridge offshore of Oregon. This is a great idea and, similar to video feeds for volcanoes on land, observatories like this will be important for capturing submarine volcanic activity. Check out the daily log of this research cruise.

Clicking on the image below will take you to the page with the live feed.

Here’s a map of the location of Axial Volcano and check out this page to learn more.

General plate tectonic map of the NE Pacific Ocean showing the North American, Pacific, Explorer, Juan de Fuca, and Gorda plates. The Coaxial Segment is just N of Axial Volcano along the Juan de Fuca Ridge. (credit: http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/vol_extra.cfm?name=Blanco%20Transform%20Fault%20Zone)

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  1. August 23, 2010 4:31 pm

    observatories like this will be important for capturing submarine volcanic activity…and the cost?
    und where are located?
    the need of a limited number of outposts leaves the choice of crucial locations

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