Notes on Vent Field Description:
2000 cruise FR04/00: "Here, we systematically assessed a 225-km section of the New Ireland fore-arc extending linearly from east of Feni Island to west of Lihir Island (see location figure). Despite sampling near sites inferred to be hydrothermally active based on previous surveys (e.g., Edison and New World seamounts), we found no clear evidence from our sensors or onboard determinations for active hydrothermal discharge anywhere within the New Ireland basin study region." (http://www.marine.csiro.au/nationalfacility/franklin/plans/2001/fr04_00s.html); submarine volcano in rifted forearc, New Ireland Fore-Arc Basin
Notes Relevant to Biology:
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2000 or earlier (cruise FR04/00 implies that they already suspected hydrothermal activity); 1994 seamount discovered
Discovery References (text):
Other References (text):
2000 cruise FR04/00 "Project SHAARC: Investigation of Submarine, Hydrothermally Active Arc Volcanoes in the Tabar-Lihir-Tanga-Feni Island and Solomon Island Chains" (http://www.marine.csiro.au/nationalfacility/franklin/plans/2001/fr04_00s.html).