Notes on Vent Field Description:
U.S. Ridge 2000 ISS Bulls Eye at Lau Basin; "vent field is situated approximately 600 m west of the spreading axis, east of a normal fault with ~30 m throw"; located within Nautilus Minerals tenement
Notes Relevant to Biology:
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2004 AUV ABE; 2004 plume only on previous cruise
Discovery References (text):
Wiens, D., et al. (2005) Status report on the Lau Basin ISS. Ridge 2000 Newsletter, Spring 2005: 11-13
(plume only) Baker et al., GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 33, L07308, doi:10.1029/2005GL025283, 2006, Abundant hydrothermal venting along melt-rich and melt-free ridge segments in the Lau back-arc basin.
Other References (text):
Ferrini, V. et al. (2008) Variable morphologic expression of volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes at six hydrothermal vent fields in the Lau back-arc basin. GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, VOL. 9, Q07022, doi:10.1029/2008GC002047.