Notes on Vent Field Description:
Hydrothermal activity was observed at three localized areas at the Tui Malila vent field, extending approximately 350 m both along the major fault scarp that cuts through the area and near its base; "areas of hydrothermal activity are located close to the dominant fault scarp, and some are associated with volcanic domes"; located within Nautilus Minerals tenement
Notes Relevant to Biology:
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2005 ROV Jason II; 2004 plume only
Discovery References (text):
Tivey, M. K., et al., and the TUIM05MV Scientific Party (2005), Characterization of six vent fields within the Lau Basin, Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract T31A-0477.
Other References (text):
Ferrini, V. et al. (2008) Variable morphologic expression of volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes at six hydrothermal vent fields in the Lau back-arc basin. GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, VOL. 9, Q07022, doi:10.1029/2008GC002047.