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Axial Seamount and potential new lava flow location

3D view of Axial Seamount's caldera and the 2015 lava flow on the north rift zone.

September 01, 2015

The 2015 expedition to Axial Seamount was August 15-29 aboard the R/V Thompson.  The cruise successfully conducted operations with the underwater vehicles ROV Jason and AUV Sentry.  The big excitement this year was exploring the April-May 2015 Axial Seamount eruption and conducting extensive exploration, mapping, and sampling of the new lava flows.  Explore the results of  the expedition with the Axial 2015 blog (

More information:
Axial Seamount’s 2015 eruption:

Research Groups

Hydrothermal Venting:
Fluids | Gases | Plumes | Particles | Models

Submarine Volcanism:
Geology and Mapping

Ocean Acidification | Pharmacology


Since 2014,  NOAA/PMEL Vents Program has re-organized into two separate focused programs:

Earth-Ocean Interactions