Notes on Vent Field Description:
Baker et al. (2001):" 16°N segment includes the shallowest and most inflated portion of ridge crest north of the Easter microplate", "The plume is centered 2 km east of the morphologic ridge axis, in proximity to a 120-m-deep, 500-m-wide fissure that marks the eastern boundary of the postulated bisected seamount."; Gente et al. (2010): Nautile dives explored and sampled two diffuse flow vents and active and inactive chimneys; location corresponds to Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program profile 334021 Northern EPR-Segment RO3, accessed 29 May 2015
Notes Relevant to Biology:
Gente et al. (2010): photo of dense thicket of siboglinid tubeworms (Oasisia sp.) with galatheid crabs, also lists other species typical of eastern Pacific vents
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2010 submersible Nautile; 1997 plume only
Discovery References (text):
Gente, P., et al. (2010) Cruise PARISUB on EPR 16 deg N: magmatism and hydrothermalism over a ridge-hotspot interaction. InterRidge News 19: 17-20.
(plume only) Baker et al., 2001, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 2, doi:10.1029/2000GC000165, Hydrothermal plumes along segments of contrasting magmatic influence, 15°20′-18°30′N, East Pacific Rise: Influence of axial faulting.