New Zealand American Submarine Ring of Fire 2007
July 28 – August 16, 2007
The New Zealand American Submarine Ring of Fire 2007 (NZASRoF'07) expedition will take us to Brothers submarine volcano, a site of vigorous geothermal activity north of New Zealand along the Kermadec Arc. We will explore Brothers Volcano in great detail using the state-of-the-art autonomous benthic explorer (ABE). This expedition will mark the most comprehensive exploration of this type of submarine volcano to date. We will also be exploring some newly mapped deep rifts southwest of Brothers. The research vessel (R/V) Sonne will carry a team of 26 scientists and engineers from New Zealand, Germany, and the U.S. to conduct these explorations.
In addition, a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used for sea-floor explorations during the latter part of the expedition, if successfully tested by our German partners.
Come join us!
Visit the virtual fly-throughs of Brothers Volcano on the Kermadec Arc and the Ngatoro Rift Basins backarc.
Learn what we hope to discover on this expedition with a video or audio podcast. (Quicktime7 H.264, 5.9 Mb.)
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Updates & Logs
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Includes slide show
The Ring of Fire Missions
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Take a trip to the seafloor! Explore the hydrothermal vents of the Magic Mountain Chimney Fields via a series of interactive computer animations and videos. (Where is Magic Mountain?)
(July - August) Scientists return to the Kermadec Arc, to explore in great detail the Brothers submarine volcano. This will mark the most comprehensive exploration of this type of arc volcano and is one of the most vigorous geothermaly active yet discovered.
(April - May) Scientists return to explore active submarine volcanoes lying along the Mariana Arc, extending for more than 800 nautical miles.
(April - May) Join scientist as they explore the active submarine volcanoes along the Kermadec Arc, located north of New Zealand, with a pair of manned submersibles the PISCES IV and V.
(March - April) An interdisciplinary team of scientists returned to the submarine volcanoes of the Mariana Arc to explore, utilizing an underwater tethered robot (ROPOS).
(February - March) An interdisciplinary team of scientists explored the submarine volcanoes of the Mariana Arc lying north of Guam in the western Pacific.
(June - August) An interdisciplinary exploration team used new technology to investigate the birth of new ocean crust off the coast of western North America, part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire."