Media Resources

This media resources page provides members of the media with broadcast, print and web-quality imagery created by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for the Galápagos Rift Expedition 2011.

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Selected Still Images - Galapagos Rift 2011

  1. Expedition Logo (jpg, 718 Kb)
    Logo for the Okeanos Explorer Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  2. Area of Exploration (jpg, 718 Kb)
    The original cruise plan overlaid in Google Earth along the Galapagos Rift. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  3. Hammerhead Shark (jpg, 670 Kb)
    Hammerhead shark investigating the two-body ROV system. Image captured by the Little Hercules ROV at 600 meters depth on the Paramount seamounts on July 14, 2011. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  4. Deep-Sea Toadfish (jpg, 670 Kb)
    Deep-sea fish, such as this toadfish, have evolved bizarre morphological features as adaptations to this extreme enviroment. Image captured by the Little Hercules ROV at 600 meters depth on the Paramount seamounts on July 14, 2011. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  5. Extinct Chimneys (jpg, 1.8 Mb)
    A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, several meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  6. Dr. Lubchenco and the Hydrothermal Vent (jpg, 2.1 Mb)
    Dr. Lubchenco views a newly discovered hydrothermal vent while visiting the University of Rhode Island. The Okeanos Explorer team had been searching for these elusive vents for 8 days before they found this active, young vent. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  7. The Famous 'Dandelion' (jpg, 1 Mb)
    This beautiful creature imaged during the 2011 expedition was first discovered by geologists in 1977. Scientists now know that it is a siphonophore, a relative of the Portuguese man-of-war. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  8. The Moment of Discovery (jpg, 780 Kb)
    View of the Okeanos Explorer Control Room during the discovery of a new vent field. Science Team Lead Tim Shank points toward the image of a tiny juvenile tubeworm on the monitor. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  9. Vent Field Fauna (jpg, 1.5 Mb)
    Riftia tubeworms colonize diffuse vent habitats between broken pieces of lava. Small mussels, less than two inches, were growing in cracks adjacent to vent openings (lower right). Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  10. Birds-eye View of Okeanos Deck (jpg, 1.5 Mb)
    A unique down-looking view of a ROV recovery at night. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

camera icon Selected Video and Animation

  1. Galápagos Rift Expedition 2011 - 7/14 Highlight Video (Quicktime, 33.2 Mb)
    Cameras on the ROV operated by NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer (the Institute of Exploration's "Little Hercules" ROV) and cameras on the Seirios Camera Sled that operates with the ROV, obtained these images on this video sequence.

Selected Still Images - Okeanos Explorer General

  1. Okeanos Explorer (jpg, 4.2 Mb)
    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  2. Okeanos Explorer Control Room (jpg, 416 Kb)
    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Control Room while ROV operations are underway. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  3. Little Hercules ROV (jpg, 700 Kb)
    The Institute for Exploration's Little Hercules ROV, operated by NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer. Little Herc is capable of recording HD video at depths of 4,000 m Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
  4. Seirios Camera Sled (jpg, 3.7 Mb)
    The Galápagos Rift Expedition 2011 marks the debut of a new camera and lighting platform named “Seirios”. We expect that the new and improved lighting system will markedly enhance our exploration capability. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

Fact Sheets

  1. Okeanos Explorer Fact Sheet
    - file name: (okeanos_explorer_fact_sheet.pdf)
  2. NOAA Fact Sheet
    - file name: (noaa_fact_sheet.pdf)
  3. Expedition Education Lesson Plans (Grades 5-12)
    The Okeanos Explorer Atlas (PDF, 1.1 Mb)
    A Hydrothermal AdVENTure (PDF, 888 Kb)
    But Why Is It Important to ME? (PDF, 796 Kb)
    The Oceanographic Yo-Yo (PDF, 868 Kb)
    Where Did They Come From? (PDF, 804 Kb)
    Inside Okeanos Explorer: Doppler Velocity Log (PDF, 892 Kb)


 

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