Notes on Vent Field Description:
Chen, Y.J. and Li, J. (2012): "Evidence for 5 new hydrothermal vent fields was collected at South Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and in particular the one at 26 South is probably the southernmost hydrothermal field in the global database"; Devey (2014): "In segment 7... the tow-yo track crossed directly over the newly discovered Merian vent field... horizontal plume extent of ~1.5 km", "Next to one such high at 26 01'S 13 51'W the AUV imaged a series of hydrothermal chimneys and mounds (the ‘Merian Vent Field’). The tallest of these chimneys is around 18 m", AUV Abyss dive 128
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2012 R/V Dayang Yihao; 2013 AUV Abyss (may have confirmed activity)
Discovery References (text):
Chen, Y.J. and Li, J. (2012) China national report. InterRidge News, 21, 36.
Devey, C. (2014) SoMARTherm: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge 13-33°S – Cruise No. MSM25 – January 24 – March 5, 2013 – Cape Town (South Africa) – Mindelo (Cape Verde). MARIA S. MERIAN-Berichte, MSM25, 80 pp., DFG-Senatskommission für Ozeanographie, DOI:10.2312/cr_msm25.