Vent Fields

Welcome to Version 2 (an older version) of the InterRidge Global Database of Active Submarine Hydrothermal Vent Fields (the “InterRidge Vents Database”).
To sort the list of Vent Fields, click on a column header.
To view details for a specific Vent Field, click on the Name ID.
To view the subset of Vent Fields that contain a specific category, click on the category (for example, "active, confirmed" in the "Activity" column).

Vent Field Name IDsort descending Activity Tectonic Setting Region Latitude Longitude Maximum or Single Reported Depth Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first)
EPR, 15 24'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -15.40 -112.84 2 640 1993 plume only
EPR, 15 S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -15.00 -112.77 2 640 1985/86 or 1989 TV grab (need to check references to confirm activity); 1993 plume only
EPR, 16 08'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -16.13 -113.00 2 640 1993 plume only
EPR, 16 24'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -16.40 -113.05 2 640 1993 plume only
EPR, 16 35'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -16.58 -113.06 2 650 1993 plume only; 1998 submersible Alvin did not confirm activity
EPR, 16 43'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -16.72 -113.07 2 600 1985/86 or 1989 TV grab (need to check references to confirm activity)
EPR, 17 12'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.20 -113.15 2 590 1993 submersible Nautile
EPR, 17 34'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.57 -113.23 2 600 1994 submersible Shinkai 6500; 1996 Argo II towed video
EPR, 17 42'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.70 -113.25 2 600 1993 plume only
EPR, 17 44'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.73 -113.27 2 622 1998 submersible Alvin; 1993 plume only; not explored by Nautile in 1993 or Shinkai 6500 in 1994
EPR, 17 47'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.79 -113.30 2 600 1993 plume only
EPR, 17 53'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.88 -113.30 2 610 1993 plume only
EPR, 17 56'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.94 -113.32 2 620 1993 plume only
EPR, 17 S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -17.00 -113.12 2 680 1993 plume only
EPR, 18 10'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -18.17 -113.34 2 700 1993 submersible Nautile; 1983 temperature and light attenuation anomalies
EPR, 18 15'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -18.25 -113.35 2 680 1993 submersible Nautile
EPR, 18 26'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -18.43 -113.38 2 650 1993 submersible Nautile; 1983 seafloor photos, temperature anomalies, and deposits did not confirm activity; 1984 submersible Cyana observed only inactive sites; 1985/86 or 1989 TV grab (need to check references to confirm activity)
EPR, 18 32'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -18.56 -113.42 2 647 1993 submersible Nautile
EPR, 2 S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -2.22 -102.66 2 900 2008 towed video and AUV ABE
EPR, 2 S, off-axis active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -2.08 -102.83 3 000 2008 plume only
EPR, 20 06'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -20.10 -113.71 3 000 1981 Angus camera tow; 1984 submersible Cyana
EPR, 20 S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -20.03 -113.68 3 000 1999 submersible Alvin did not confirm activity
EPR, 21 20'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -21.37 -114.26 2 900 1981 plume only; 1987-1988 deposits only
EPR, 21 25'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -21.43 -114.29 2 850 1984 submersible Cyana; 1983 deposits only
EPR, 21 40'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -21.63 -114.30 2 730 1987-1988 deposits only
EPR, 21 54'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -21.90 -114.50 2 800 1987-1988 deposits only [need to check Fouquet et al. (1993) for confirmation]
EPR, 21 N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 20.83 -109.08 2 600 1979 submersible Alvin; 1978 submersible Cyana discovered mineral deposits only
EPR, 22 30'S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -22.50 -114.37 2 600 1992 or earlier [need to check Dill et al. (1992) for confirmation]
EPR, 23 30'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -23.53 -115.57 2 600 1987 or earlier [need to check Marchig & Gundlach (1987)]; 2005 submersible Alvin
EPR, 23 50'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -23.82 -115.46 2 650 2005 submersible Alvin; 1990 or earlier towed TV camera did not confirm activity

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