Monitoring the Mid Atlantic Ridge - MoMAR

MOMAR brings together researchers from the international scientific community to plan a long-term monitoring program on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in a region south of the Azores. With an emphasis on real-time data retrieval, MOMAR plans to combine long-term monitoring of geological, physico-chemical, and biological activity at hydrothermal vents with broader-scale monitoring of tectonic, volcanic and hydrothermal processes at the ridge axis.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge Symposium, 1996

Symposium Summary

FARA-InterRidge Mid-Atlantic Ridge Symposium
Reykjavik, Iceland, 19th - 22nd June 1996

Conveners: Charles H. Langmuir and H. David Needham

This symposium, focused on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between 15° - 40°N,
marked the completion of the FARA (French American Ridge Atlantic) project.

Management of Hydrothermal Vent Sites

Report from the InterRidge Workshop: Management and Conservation of Hydrothermal Vent Ecosystems

Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney (Victoria), B.C., Canada
28 – 30 September, 2000

The discovery of chemosynthetic-based ecosystems at hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean was one of the most important findings in biological science in the latter half of the 20th century. More than 100 vent fields have been documented along the 50,000 km global mid-ocean ridge system. At this time, over 500 new animal species, over 80% of which are endemic to the vents, have been described from this environment1. Unusual, highly-evolved symbioses between invertebrates and chemolithautotrophic bacteria are common at vents, producing concentrations of biomass that rival the most productive ecosystems on Earth. The predominance of chemoautrophic and hyperthermophilic microbes in hydrothermal vent waters has stimulated new theories of the origin of life on Earth. It has also prompted astrobiologists to seriously consider geothermal energy as a viable power source for biosynthesis and maintenance of carbon-based life forms on other worlds.

Other Publications


2012 - Ridge 2000 Special Issue of Oceanography
The Ridge 2000 Special Issue of Oceanography Magazine is available online. The full issue pdf and pdfs of individual articles in the issue are available free of charge via The Oceanography Society website:
We encourage you to make use of this excellent compendium of oceanic spreading center science and summary of Ridge 2000 Program results.

InterRidge Initial Science Plan

InterRidge Initial Science Plan

The first decade of InterRidge (1992- 2003) saw the building of a strong international community which began to address problems of ridge research which could only be tackled as an international effort. This community was guided by the Intitial Science Plan, set out below. As of 2004 the Next Decade Science Plan is in effect - this Next Decade Science Plan is more strongly working group orientated and concentrates on finding ways to approach the major open problems of ridge research


2006 Report

Working Group Update- Biogeochemical Interactions at Deep-Sea Vents

Science Links

Ridge Programs

Ridge 2000
Ridge 2000 is an interdisciplinary research program in the USA - sponsored by NSF - focused on integrated studies of Earths oceanic spreading centers.

To go directly to R2K MediaBank: image gallery.
To go directly to visualizations of the R2K ISS's: Ridge View.

German Mid-Ocean Ridge Research

InterRidge Meetings

Upcoming InterRidge-Sponsored Meetings (see the 'Events' page)

To be announced

Recent InterRidge-Supported Meetings

CBE6 2017

InterRidge Newsletter

The InterRidge Newsletter is published annually and contains brief research articles, updates from our Working Groups, office news, upcoming event and cruise schedules, as well as updates from our member countries.

The deadline to submit articles for the 2017 InterRidge Newsletter is 25 September 2017.

Submitting to InterRidge News

Next Decade Plan (2004 - 2013)

Click here for Next Decade Plan in: Chinese

Mission Statement

InterRidge Publications

InterRidge Statement of Commitment to Responsible Research Practices at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents 

Read the Statement / Code of Conduct on responsible research practice at hydrothermal vents.
Read an evaluation of the Code of Conduct by Godet, Zelnio and Van Dover 2011.

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