NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman

November 12, 2014


Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman Webinar

A degassing event at Brimstone Pit at NW Rota-1 volcano releases an extraordinary number of bubbles, probably carbon dioxide. The yellow parts of the plume (seen here in the background) contain tiny droplets of molten sulfur. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) invites educators to participate in a webinar about the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 Expedition taking place November 29 - December 21, 2014.  This webinar will introduce educational resources developed for this ocean exploration mission to the northwest Eifuku Seamount in the northern Mariana Arc and NW Rota, an active submarine volcano north of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. 

First visited during the OER Submarine Ring of Fire Expeditions in 2004 and 2006, NW Eifuku Seamount and NW Rota are now part of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. NW Eifuku is unique because it vents liquid carbon dioxide and it hosts a surprisingly dense biomass of chemosynthetic organisms. This combination makes it an extraordinary natural laboratory to study the effects of natural ocean acidification on marine ecosystems. NW Rota is one of only two sites in the world where active volcanic activity has been witnessed underwater. Here scientists will be exploring changes at this site since a major eruption in 2009. 

This 60-minute webinar will provide an introduction to the expedition and the associated Education Expedition Module, including lessons and other resources to enable you and your students to delve more deeply into the expedition online. Resources presented will be archived for use during the upcoming academic year.


Title: NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Please be very aware of the system requirements listed below and ensure they are working prior to the beginning of the Webinar.



System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet