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Hydrothermal Plumes Recent Projects


Lau Basin

2007 Aeolian Arc

2007 Kermadec-Tonga Arc Region

2008 Central Lau Basin

Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorders (MAPR)

Global Vent Sites


Hydrothermal Plumes Research Staff

Sharon Walker: NOAA/PMEL, Oceanographer


Ed Baker: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (U Washington)



Hydrothermal Venting Research Divisions:

Fluid Chemistry

Gas Chemistry

Hydrothermal Plumes

Hydrothermal Particles

Plume Modeling

Global Exploration

Global compilation of confirmed and inferred vent sites

A searchable database for more than 550 confirmed and inferred hydrothermal vent sites is available at 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).




Interactive map of vent sites:

(Visit a text version of the vent sites here.)

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View Hydrothermal Vent locations in a static map:


vent map