News

Call for papers on the East Pacific Rise

We are currently compiling a group of papers on the Ridge 2000 integrated study site at the East Pacific Rise for a special volume in Geobiology (citation index 3.8). The contents of the papers currently proposed range from geochemistry to microbiology to time-series plume fluxes at the 9°50’ EPR vent sites, but could broaden out disciplinarily and locality to include 8 - 11°N EPR. We would therefore like to hear from those of you in the Ridge community who would be interested in submitting their research to such a journal.

Japanese-French Frontier of Science Symposium

Benoit Ildefonse will be chairing the Earth/Environment session at
the next Japanese-French Frontier of Science Symposium in January 2010.
These meetings are multidisciplinary (physics, biology, mathematics, social
sciences, etc...), and all participants attend all sessions. The theme of
the Earth/Environment session this year will be deep-sea resources.

"Continental Shelf: The Last Maritime Zone" released by UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Continental Shelf: The Last Maritime Zone A comprehensive overview report on the status of the process of establishing the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 M. http://www.grida.no/publications/shelf-last-zone/ Written and illustrated by the UNEP Shelf Programme and communications/cartography experts of GRID/Arendal, this report was released on 7 December 2009.

InterRidge Newsletter 2009

 

IR_newsletter_2009_front_page_thumb The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce that InterRidge News, Vol. 18, 2009, is now available on our website at: http://www.interridge.org/IRNewsletter This year's issue features research articles on oceanic core complexes and hydrothermal vents on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, provides updates from working groups, member nations and InterRidge Fellows, and lists upcoming cruises and events.

 

News flash from Seafloor Mineralization WG: articles in Oceanus and Mining Environmental Management magazines

The InterRidge Working Group for Seafloor Mineralization is mentioned in two recent magazine articles: - Oceanus magazine, 20 November 2009: "The Promise and Perils of Seafloor Mining," by Lisa Drew, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. - Mining Environmental Management magazine, October 2009: "Into the Deep," an article by International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) Board Member and Secretary, Dr.

OBS and OBEM Project Listings

The InterRidge Mantle Imaging Working Group would like to promote large-scale seismic/EM experiments to image the mantle structure at ridge systems. We encourage PIs with cruises for these experiments to consider availability of bunks for graduate students (esp. students from a different country) and/or to enable international collaborators to deploy additional instruments on the cruises. For the current list of OBS and OBEM projects, please see: http://www.interridge.org/OBS-OBEM

News flash from Deep Earth Sampling WG: Follow-up to INVEST Workshop

Following the IODP INVEST Workshop, several members of the IODP community, including Benoît Ildefonse, Chair of the Deep Earth Sampling Working Group, and Catherine Mével, former member of the InterRidge Steering Committee, were interviewed by the journal Nature about the future of ocean drilling. Link to the news item "Experts draw up ocean-drilling wish list" in Nature, Vol. 461, 1 Oct. 2009, p. 578-579: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090930/full/461578b.html

InterRidge to sign Letter of Agreement with UNEP/GRID-Arendal

InterRidge is pleased to announce a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to be signed with GRID-Arendal, a collaborating center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The GRID (Global Resource Information Database) center, recognized worldwide for its role in bridging the gap between science and policy, is based in Arendal, Norway
(http://www.grida.no/). The objective of the LoA is to establish a framework for cooperation between UNEP/GRID-Arendal and InterRidge.

"Race to the Ridges" article in Marine Technology Reporter

"Race to the Ridges," an article in the Sept. 2009 issue of Marine Technology Reporter, highlights the workshop on deep-sea mining of seafloor massive sulfides that was convened earlier this year by the InterRidge Working Group on Seafloor Mineralization.
To access the PDF of this magazine issue, please go to:
http://former.seadiscovery.com/MTIssues/mt200909o2.pdf
To access the e-book, please go to:
http://dwp.marinelink.com/pubs/nwm/mt/200909/

New themed volume of G3 on slow-spreading ridges

Submissions are encouraged for a new themed volume of G-cubed (G3): “Life, energy and material cycles at slow-spreading ridges" (Theme Editors: Colin Devey, Nicole Dubilier, Jian Lin, Nadine Le Bris and Doug Connelly). Visit the G3 theme: http://www.agu.org/journals/gc/themes.shtml?collectionCode=MANTLE1&journ...