The InterRidge Vents Database upgraded

The InterRidge Vents Database ( has been upgraded and revised with the addition of 94 new listings. Most of these new listings were discovered in the past five years.

The vent datebase 3.3 is lauched on our web

    Ventbase Version 3.3 is the present live site hosted by InterRidge. Version 3.3 launched on 26 May 2015 with two structural changes to the content type “vent field”: 1) we added an rdf:type to match to, and 2) we added a database record field to link to the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program volcano profile for those vent fields that are sub-features of these identified volcanic features.

We would like to thank our former coordinator, Dr Stace Beaulieu for helping maintain this database.

ISO-19115 compatible metadata of our vent database

We thank the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) for preparing ISO-19115 compatible metadata for the InterRidge Vents Database. There are PDF and XML versions for these metadata below. The PDF file is a revised version of that provided in Annex 3 of: Martin, C.S., et al. (2014) Manual of marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. May 2014 release. Cambridge (UK): UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 28 pp. (+ 4 annexes totalling 174 pp.

Other Resources

Related databases for more information

International Seabed Authority (ISA) Central Data Repository ( “The Central Data Repository (CDR) holds centralized data of public and private information on marine mineral resources acquired from various institutions worldwide. The Authority uses this data to standardize and evaluate data for quantitative mineral assessments.” Click on the tab for “Sulphides and Vents database”.


Maps for the InterRidge Vents Database as of the end of 2009 are available for download.

Interactive map (KML file) for download and display in Google Earth: vents_interridge_2009_all.kml

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