Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. For video, multiple video formats are available on the linked pages.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Videos

December 22 Log

video December 22 Log
Cruise Summary. (Video)

December 14 Log

video December 20 Log
Goldern Horn Chimney at Urashima Vent. (Video)

December 18 Log

video December 18 Log
Dive at NW Rota. (Video)

December 16 Log

video December 16 Log
The Limpets of NW Eifuku. (Video)

December 16 Log

video December 16 Log
NW Eifuku: Final Dive. (Video)

December 14 Log

video December 14 Log
A molten sulfur pond churns in the bottom of a small crater at Daikoku (from 2006 expedition). (Video)

December 14 Log

video December 14 Log
Flatfish scurry over a sedimented slope near the sulfur pond at Daikoku (from 2006 expedition). (Video)

December 12 Log

video December 14 Log
Daikoku Seamount – Erupting! (Video)

December 12 Log

video December 12 Log
Weather Not Permitting. (Video)

December 12 Log

video December 12 Log
Weather model animation showing Typhoon Hagupit passing south of Guam. (Video)

December 10 Log

video December 10 Log
Iron Mats at NW Eifuku. (Video)

December 9 Log

video December 8 Log
NW Eifuku: The Paradox of the Mussel. (Video)

December 6 Log

video December 6 Log
NW Eifuku: First Dive. (Video)

December 4 Log

video December 4 Log
Ahyi Seamount. (Video)

December 4 Log

video December 4 Log
Using a CTD to detect plumes at Ahyi. (Video)

December 3 Log

video December 3 Log
No eruptive activity detected at NW Rota. (Video)

December 3 Log

video December 3 Log
Return to NW Rota. (Video)

December 2 Log

video December 2 Log
Overview of project area and the remotely operated vehicle, Jason. (Video)

December 2 Log

video December 2 Log
Footage from the dives at Snail Vent and Urashima. (Video)

December 2 Log

video December 2 Log
First sample recovery. (Video)

Leaving Port, video 2

video November 29 Log
Leaving Port. (Video)

November 29 video 1

video November 29 Log
Departing Guam. (Video)

Mission Plan

video Mission Plan
The Champagne hydrothermal vent field on NW Eifuku seamount. (Video)

Mission Plan

video Mission Plan
Underwater volcanic eruption at Brimstone vent on NW Rota-1 was the first eruption ever witnessed. (Video)

Seamounts of the Mariana Arc

video Seamounts
Computer-generated fly-through movie showing seamounts that make up the Mariana volcanic arc. (Video)

Macrobiology

video Macrobiology
Despite the active eruptive activity nearby, two species of shrimp thrive on NW Rota-1. (Video)

Macrobiology

video Macrobiology
A dense community of chemosynthetic mussels lives around the Champagne vent field. (Video)

Microbiology

video Microbiology
In some vent areas on NW Eifuku seamount, iron-oxidizing bacterial mat covers the seafloor. (Video)

Education

video Education
Overview of Marianas Trench National Marine Monument with educational lesson. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images

December 22

December 22 Log
The R/V Revelle in port in Guam. (HR)

December 22

December 22 Log
The Jason control room during a dive. (HR)

December 22

December 22 Log
The Jason control room during a dive. (HR)

December 22

December 22 Log
The CTD being deployed over the side. (HR)

December 20

December 20 Log
Jason deploys a settling plate sampling device at one of the Urashima chimneys. (HR)

December 20

December 20 Log
The scoop sampler allows the microbiologists to collect bulk samples of microbial mat. (HR)

December 20

December 20 Log
The Bio-Mat sampler allows the scientists to gather just the top layer of the mat. (HR)

December 20

December 20 Log
The slurp sampler is used to collect bulk samples of microbial mat and larger organisms. (HR)

December 18

December 18 Log
Sulfur deposits outcrop on a ridge at NW Rota near one of the markers that was left here in 2010. (HR)

December 18

December 18 Log
A slope covered with sulfur crusts (and tiny Opaepele shrimp) near the formerly active eruptive vents. (HR)

December 18

December 18 Log
A large Alvinocaris shrimp is surrounded by smaller Opaepele shrimp that are grazing on a sulfur-coated cliff face. (HR)

December 18

December 18 Log
Shinkailepas limpets at NW Rota were only in a small area, but have spread now that the volcano is inactive. (HR)

December 16

December 16 Log
Settlement plates that were deployed on our first dive at NW Eifuku are recovered. (HR)

December 16

December 16 Log
Jason recovers two shrimp traps that were deployed during our first dive at NW Eifuku. (HR)

December 16

December 16 Log
Settlement plates were also recovered from the Champagne vent area. (HR)

December 16

December 16 Log
A basaltic andesite rock at NW Eifuku is covered with Shinkailepas limpets and thousands of their tiny egg capsules. (HR)

December 14

December 14 Log
Cross-section over the top of Daikoku seamount with the results from a CTD tow (black line). (HR)

December 14

December 14 Log
Bathymetric comparison of data collected at Daikoku summit on this 2014 expedition and in 2003. (HR)

December 14

December 14 Log
This pond of molten sulfur was discovered in 2006 roiling in the bottom of a small crater.

December 14

December 14 Log
A new species of vent-endemic flatfish was previously discovered in 2006 living at Daikoku seamount.

December 12

December 12 Log
Moby Dick symbolizes the mysteries of the ocean.

December 12

December 12 Log
Jacques Cousteau popularized oceanography for previous generations of oceanographers.

December 10

December 10 Log
Scanning electron micrograph of a microbial iron mat. (HR)

December 10

December 10 Log
Jason takes a sample of with the BioMat sampler at a location on NW Eifuku called Yellow Cone. (HR)

December 10

December 10 Log
The Jason manipulator arms use a Scoop sampler to collect iron-oxidizing microbial mat at NW Eifuku. (HR)

December 9

December 8 Log
The Jason manipulator arm uses a scoop bag to collect mussels at NW Eifuku. (HR)

December 9

December 8 Log
Squat lobsters, shrimp, and scaleworms crawl on mussels. (HR)

December 9

December 8 Log
A droplet of liquid CO2 rises from the seafloor in the Champagne vent field. (HR)

December 9

December 8 Log
We scooped up a dead mussel; the meat was still intact but the shell was already mostly dissolved. (HR)

December 6

December 6 Log
Shrimp crawl on sulfur deposits near Champagne vent and a rock outcrop covered by mussels. (HR)

The elevator mooring is ready for deployment on the deck of the ship (left), and then is located on the bottom by Jason (right) so that it can transport equipment and samples to the seafloor and back.

December 6 Log
The elevator mooring ready for deployment and located on the bottom by Jason. (HR)

The down-looking camera on Jason shows mussels living on rocky outcrops, while white squat lobsters roam nearby.

December 6 Log
Mussels on rocky outcrops while white squat lobsters roam nearby. (HR)

The Jason manipulator arm measures the temperature of a diffuse hydrothermal vent where iron mats are growing (colored orange) surrounded by shrimp and squat lobsters.

December 6 Log
The Jason manipulator arm measures the temperature of a diffuse hydrothermal vent. (HR)

December 4

December 4 Log
The CTD instrument package is launched to search for hydrothermal plumes at Ahyi seamount. (HR)

December 4

December 4 Log
Joe Resing and Sharon Walker examine the instrumental data during a CTD tow. (HR)

December 4

December 4 Log
Image of the seafloor and midwater data during collection.

December 4

December 4 Log
Three-dimensional image of the summit of Ahyi submarine volcano. (HR)

December 3

December 3 Log
Susan Merle monitors the data collected by the ship’s multibeam sonar. (HR)

December 3

December 3 Log
The CTD instrument package is lifted off the deck of the ship before it is lowered over the side on a cable. (HR)

December 2 Log

December 3 Log
A hydrophone mooring is deployed off the stern of the ship at NW Rota-1 seamount.

December 2

December 2 Log
Snails, crabs, shrimp, and anemonies compete for space at Snail Vent hydrothermal site. (HR)

December 2

December 2 Log
Malaguana and Gadao, two chiefs competing in a contest of strength in a Chamorro legend.

December 2 Log

December 2 Log
Saipan-da!

December 2 Log

December 2 Log
Sulfide chimneys coated with iron-based microbial mat at the Urashima vent site. (HR)

December 2 Log

December 2 Log
While at the Urashima vent site, the Jason manipulator arm holds the Bio-Mat sampler. (HR)

December 2 Log

December 2 Log
Jason opens a valve at the top of one of the scoop samplers before taking a sample of microbial mat. (HR)

November 29

November 29 Log
The R/V Revelle in Guam preparing to depart on the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 Ironman mission. (HR)

ROV Jason

November 29 Log
The Jason ROV is prepared for the first dive. (HR)

Mission Plan

Mission Plan
Bathymetric map of the Mariana Arc area showing the location of the two focus sites on the expedition. (HR)

Mission Plan

Mission Plan
The Champagne vent field at NW Eifuku seamount emits droplets of liquid CO2. (HR)

Mission Plan

Mission Plan
NW Rota-1 seamount has been observed erupting explosively on previous visits. (HR)

Seamounts of the Mariana Arc

Seamounts
The Mariana volcanic arc is a chain of underwater volcanoes (seamounts). (HR)

Seamounts of the Mariana Arc

Seamounts
Geologic cross-section showing the Pacific Plate subducting beneath the Philippine Plate at the Mariana Trench. (HR)

Seamounts of the Mariana Arc

Seamounts
Map of the all the volcanoes around the Pacific (red triangles) making up the Ring of Fire. (HR)

Seamounts of the Mariana Arc

Seamounts
These mussels, shrimp, and limpets living at NW EIfuku seamount depend on hydrothermal vents for survival. (HR)

Macrobiology

Macrobiology
NW Rota 2010 landslide exposed surfaces coated with sulphur where shrimp and limpets congregate. (HR)

Macrobiology

Macrobiology
Eifuku mussel bed in 2006 where pH can be as low as 5.3. (HR)

Microbiology

Microbiology
Photograph of iron-oxide-encrusted microbial mat at Yellow Top Vent, Northwest Eifuku. (HR)

Microbiology

Microbiology
Micrographs of samples of marine and freshwater sheaths inside microbial mats. (HR)

Microbiology

Microbiology
Venn diagram comparing OTU distribution various locations. (HR)

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