Hydrothermal venting occurs when seawater penetrates into the ocean crust, becomes heated, reacts with the crustal rock, and rises to the seafloor as fluid and gas. VENTS studies the hydrothermal fluids and gas that are found at vents and in the surrounding seawater.
Hydrothermal Venting Research Groups:
"Finding the Fire Beneath the Waves" documents Oceanographer Sharon Walker's career with PMEL's Earth-Ocean Interactions Program. Read more here.
A searchable database for more than 550 confirmed and inferred hydrothermal vent sites. The data set was compiled by Stace Beaulieu (WHOI) using lists maintained by Mark Hannington (University of Ottawa, Canada), Ed Baker (NOAA/PMEL, USA), and Sven Petersen (IFM-GEOMAR, Germany). (Read more)