Notes on Vent Field Description:
location approximate; one of the 7 volcanoes in the North Mata volcanic complex; classified here as arc volcano, but Baker et al. (2010): "The 25-km-long chain of “Mata” volcanoes lies ... separated from both the arc front and the spreading ridge", "Camera tows confirmed the location of active vents fields on the SE flank of Mata Fitu (~2600 m)"; 2012 cruise blog, accessed 24 April 2015, http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/12fire/logs/summary/summary.html: "discovered the first active chimney field at 2585 m. Several lines of smokers were found, two of which were quite active. The deepest site discovered on the expedition and hottest site at Mata Fitu was a 16-m high chimney, at 2644 m (base) and 331 C"; video of black smoker, dive Q329, accessed 24 April 2015, http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/12fire/media/12firestream_playlist.html#
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
Discovery References (text):
Baker, E.T., et al. (2010) Multiple Active Volcanoes in the Northeast Lau Basin. AGU Fall Meeting Abstract #T13B-2188.
Other References (text):
SRK Consulting (2011) Nautilus Minerals Incorporated NI43-101 Technical Report 2010 PNG, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Vanuatu and the ISA. Document Reference: NAT007 Nautilus 43-101 Technical Report 2011 Rev3.docx.
2012 cruise report, accessed 6 May 2015: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/12fire/logs/summary/srof12-cruisereport-final.pdf.