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IODP Thematic Review on Ocean Crust Formation and Structure

The Thematic Review on "Oceanic Crustal Structure and Formation: IODP and ODP Achievements November 2002 - December 2005" is now posted at the IODP website (http://www.iodp.org/trc) and as a PDF file listed below. As stated in the Executive Summary, "The formation and alteration of the oceanic lithosphere are important components of the Solid Earth Cycles and Geodynamics theme of the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP).

Photographic identification guide to larvae at hydrothermal vents

We would like to announce the publication of a “Photographic Identification Guide to Larvae at Hydrothermal Vents,” available online at: http://www.whoi.edu/vent-larval-id/, as a PDF (click for high resolution 30 MB, or low resolution 3 MB), or by request as a hard copy. The purpose of the guide is to assist researchers in the identification of larvae of benthic invertebrates at hydrothermal vents.

InterRidge Biweekly E-News Archive 2009

Below are copies of the biweekly e-news that were sent out to the interridge-mail list in 2009. The most recent e-news is listed first, at the top.

InterRidge participates at KOPRI's 16th International Symposium on Polar Sciences

On June 10-11, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) hosted the 16th International Symposium on Polar Sciences in Incheon, Korea. The symposium brought together ~144 scientists from the broad fields of both ridge and climate research, representing 11 countries around the globe. The meeting was timely, with the expected launch this week of the new Korean research icebreaker R/V Araon, with sea trials planned for November 2009.

2009 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellows

The InterRidge Steering Committee is very pleased to announce the awards for the 2009 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awards go to Susan Lang, a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), USA, to work at a laboratory in Switzerland, and to Surya Prakash, a Ph.D. candidate at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India, to conduct research in the USA.

BISMaL, a new biological database online at JAMSTEC's Global Oceanographic Data Center

JAMSTEC has just launched a new database, Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), online at the Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC):
http://www.godac.jp/portal/page/portal/GDC/GPSS216/TAB_TOP
You can search marine species including those from deep-sea vents and seeps around the Japan Islands and browse photographs, descriptions on morphology/ecology, videos, sample records, and references of each species.

Scientific questions and recommendations from the InterRidge Seafloor Mineralization Working Group

The InterRidge Working Group on Seafloor Mineralization (SMWG) has developed three groups of questions and recommendations to advance the scientific knowledge of seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits:
What are the spatial controls on hydrothermal activity and SMS deposition?
What are the timescales for the evolution of SMS deposits?
What are the changes in biological communities that occur during the evolution of an SMS deposit?
Recommendations range from developing a list of criteria to quantify the extent of activity at a hydrothermal vent site, to using cutting‐edge technology to locate and characterize inactive deposits, to encouraging biological studies of inactive and extinct SMS deposits.
PDF file: InterRidge Seafloor Mineralization Working Group - 2009 Meeting Report

High Throughput Project Listings

The InterRidge Vent Ecology Working Group would like to encourage interactions between researchers with common interests in high-throughput genomic approaches for the study of deep-sea hydrothermal vent organisms. For the current list of high-throughput projects, please see: http://www.interridge.org/highthroughput Please feel free to submit your high-throughput listing here: http://www.interridge.org/node/add/highthroughput

Preview to 2009 InterRidge Newsletter: Oceanic Core Complex - Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N

The cover of the 2009 InterRidge Newsletter will highlight research on oceanic core complexes. As a preview to this year's upcoming issue, we posted here the PDF for an article that will be included in the section for International Research at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge:
"Seismic Velocity Variation within the Footwall of an Oceanic Core Complex - Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N"
By, Ashlee S. Henig1, Donna K. Blackman1, Alistair J. Harding1, Graham M. Kent1, and Juan-Pablo Canales2

Cruise dispatches from NW Rota Expedition 2009

Expedition to NW Rota 2009
April 3-17, 2009, R/V Thompson, Chief Scientist Bill Chadwick
Join scientists from the USA, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan as they explore a submarine volcano with ROV Jason II.
http://nwrota2009.blogspot.com/