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MAR, 26 S
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Notes on Vent Field Description: 
Chen, Y.J. and Li, J. (2012): "Evidence for 5 new hydrothermal vent fields was collected at South Mid-Atlantic Ridge"; Devey (2014): "In segment 7... the tow-yo track crossed directly over the newly discovered Merian vent field... horizontal plume extent of ~1.5 km", "Next to one such high at 26 01'S 13 51'W the AUV imaged a series of hydrothermal chimneys and mounds (the ‘Merian Vent Field’). The tallest of these chimneys is around 18 m", AUV Abyss dive 128; In addition, Schmid et al. (2019) report elevated d3He on this ridge segment at 26.2 S;
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first): 
2012 R/V Dayang Yihao; 2013 AUV Abyss plume and side-scan data
Discovery References (text): 
Chen, Y.J. and Li, J. (2012) China national report. InterRidge News, 21, 36.
Devey, C. (2014) SoMARTherm: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge 13-33°S – Cruise No. MSM25 – January 24 – March 5, 2013 – Cape Town (South Africa) – Mindelo (Cape Verde). MARIA S. MERIAN-Berichte, MSM25, 80 pp., DFG-Senatskommission für Ozeanographie, DOI:10.2312/cr_msm25.
Other References (text): 
Schmid, F. et al. (2019) Physico-chemical properties of newly discovered hydrothermal plumes above the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (13°-33°S) Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 148: 34-52