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. There is now a total of 632 confirmed or inferred active vent fields in the database and the corresponding kml file for visualization in Google Earth (download at: New in Version 3.3 is 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 also updated national jurisdictions to the latest VLIZ Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase. Please contact Stace Beaulieu ( or the InterRidge Office ( if you'd like to edit or add a listing to the database. This latest work was part of "A Global Viewport for Virtual Exploration of Deep-sea Vents: Using Spherical Displays to Advance Public Literacy in Earth System Science," funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.