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Pito Seamount

Name Alias(es): 
22 58'S, EPR
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Deposit Type: 
PMS, sulfide deposit with black smokers
Notes on Vent Field Description: 
northeast Easter Microplate; vigorous black smoker near summit; Petersen lists as off-axis seamount; listed as 22 58'S, EPR on Fig. 1 in Hannington et al. (2005); old InterRidge vents database "sulfide deposit with black smokers (not described)", "MOR (seamount at tip of propagating rift)";
Notes Relevant to Biology: 
alvinellid, bythograeid, bythitid fish, alvinocaridid shrimp, no vestimentiferan tubeworms observed
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first): 
1993 submersible Nautile
Discovery References (text): 
[Francheteau, J. et al ., 1994. Black smoker discovered, Pito Seamount near Easter microplate propagator tip, EOS, Trans. Am. Geophys. Un., 75, 322.]
Other References (text): 
Verati et al. (1999) Pb isotope study of black-smokers and basalts from Pito Seamount site (Easter microplate). Chemical Geology 155: 45-63
Naar et al. (2004) Vigorous venting and biology at Pito Seamount, Easter Microplate. In German et al., eds., Mid-ocean ridges: Hydrothermal interactions between the lithosphere and oceans. Geophysical Monograph 148, American Geophysical Union, 305-318.