Long-Range Exploration of the Ridge Crest
WG update for 2009 Vent Ecology Chairs – Stéphane Hourdez (France) and Yoshihiro Fujiwara (Japan) The Vent Ecology WG (http://www.interridge.org/WG/VentEcology) took advantage of the 4th Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE) Symposium to meet on July 2, 2009.
Chair – Nobukazu Seama (Japan)
2009 Final report of Monitoring and Observatories
Chairs - Javier Escartin (France) & Ana Colaço (Portugal)
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
"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.
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Ultra-slow Spreading Ridges
2008 Working Group Update
Jonathan Snow, Working Group Chair
The Ultraslow Spreading Ridges WG has been quietly active over the past few years. The membership of the WG has been informal, including Jon Snow, Eric Hellebrand, Henry Dick and Peter Michael (all USA), Wilfried Jokat (Germany), and several others.
The community has made progress in the arctic ridges, the Southwest Indian Ridge, and other localities. Some of the highlights of research activities include, but not limited to, the following:
2008 Working Group Update
Stéphane Hourdez and Chuck Fisher, Working Group Co-Chairs
The Vent Ecology WG was officially created in 2008. It comprises members from 11 different countries and is chaired by Stéphane Hourdez (France) and Charles Fisher (USA). As proposed when the WG formed, C. Fisher will rotate off as co-chair at the end of 2008, but will stay on as a WG member. We will select a new co-chair from the current WG members.
Recent and upcoming meetings
Working Group Update 2008
M. Tivey, Working Group Chair
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).