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Nereus Deep

Name Alias(es): 
Thetis, Nereus, Gypsum (22 30'N-24 30'N)
MGDS_FeatureID lowest in hierarchy: 
Activity: 
Latitude: 
23.1670
Longitude: 
37.2830
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Ocean: 
Region: 
National Jurisdiction: 
Maximum or Single Reported Depth (mbsl): 
2400
Tectonic setting: 
Full Spreading Rate (mm/a): 
13.2
Volcano Number (if applicable): 
Host Rock: 
sediment-hosted
Deposit Type: 
NFS
Notes on Vent Field Description: 
intracontinental rift; Bicknell et al. (1986): "Nereus Deep (23°N) lies in the central portion of the Red Sea, in a region which marks a transition between the nearly continuous axial rift valley of the southern Red Sea and the northern Red Sea, where a well defined axial rift is absent."; brine pool with metalliferous mud; note: Nereus Deep spans Egypt and Saudi Arabia EEZs and this entry was classified to Saudi Arabia in database Ver. 2.1
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first): 
1972 deposits only
Discovery References (text): 
[H. Backer and M. Schoell, New Deeps with brines and metalliferous sediments in the Red Sea, Nature Phys. Sci. 240 (1972) 153-158]
Other References (text): 
Bicknell et al. (1986) Tectonics of the Nereus Deep, Red Sea: A deep-tow investigation of a site of initial rifting. Marine Geophysical Researches 8: 131-148, DOI 10.1007/BF00338225.