During January to February 2011, the 2nd Leg of the COMRA’s 22 Cruise found three hydrothermal fields on 13-14°S Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). They were named temporarily as Rainbow Bay North, Valentine Valley and Tai Chi, respectively.
It is with great regret that we announce that Dr. Kensaku Tamaki, Professor at Tokyo University and former InterRidge Chair, passed away suddenly on April 6 (Japan Time) at the age of 62, during his stay in New York.
The InterRidge Family extends its deepest concerns and sincerest sympathies to our Japanese friends and colleagues at this time of suffering. While as geoscientists we are all too familiar with the processes that cause earthquakes, we can only share the sadness of the Japanese people in their time of need. Such tragic events must only strengthen our resolve to understand, predict and protect against them, and yet, we are shown again and again how fragile our efforts are when faced with the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis and how limited is our knowledge.
There is a berth available on the Southern Surveyor, going out to the Perth Abyssal Plain, Western Australia, 1-20 November 2011. Jo Whittaker, the IR Australian National Correspondent, would be pleased to receive applications. For more information, including details of this cruise, and an application form, visit: http://www.interridge.org/cruisebursary
The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce the first recipient of the Cruise Travel Bursary scheme. She is Melis Cevatoglu, who is studying at the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, University of Bogaxici, Istanbul, Turkey. She will be working with Julie Perrot, on the HYDROBS-MOMAR2 cruise, on board R/V Le Suroit.
The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011 Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. As part of InterRidge’s mission to promote international, collaborative, and interdisciplinary studies of oceanic spreading centers, we invite proposals for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships of up to $5000 US each.
Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered a new hydrothermal vent 500 kilometres south-west of the Azores. The vent with chimneys as high as one meter and fluids with temperatures up to 300oC was found at 1000m water depth in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The discovery of the new deep-sea vent is remarkable because the area in which it was found has been intensively studied during previous research cruises.
The InterRidge News 2010 will be published next month. It will be available as hard copy and in electronic form. If you would like to be sent a hard copy, please go to your account via http://www.interridge.org and under Edit/Other Info, check the box "Receive IR Newsletter as Hardcopy".
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP; www.iodp.org) is inviting you to submit comments on the draft of a new science plan that will guide scientific ocean drilling and related observatory science for a decade starting in late 2013. The input from you to this science plan is of utmost importance to ensure that this document has broad support of the wider scientific community.
This public hearing period is running for four weeks from August 24 to September 21. We may not be able to consider comments received after the deadline.