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, 26 10'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -26.21 -112.61 2 600 1987 or earlier [need to check Marchig & Gundlach (1987)]; 2005 submersible Alvin did not observe active vents
EPR, 26.5 S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -26.48 -112.63 2 064 1993 submersible Nautile (or earlier)
EPR, 27.7 S, Segment W3 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -27.70 -112.92 2 105 1998 plume only
EPR, 27.9 S, Segment W3 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -27.87 -112.91 2 180 1998 plume only
EPR, 28 S, Segment W3 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -28.02 -112.90 2 130 1998 plume only
EPR, 28.3 S, Segment W3 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -28.30 -112.98 2 220 1998 plume only
EPR, 28.4 S, Segment W4 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -28.42 -112.96 2 350 1998 plume only
EPR, 28.7 S, Segment W4 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -28.70 -112.99 2 350 1998 plume only
EPR, 29.5 S, Segment E1 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -29.50 -111.72 2 580 1998 plume only
EPR, 29.8 S, Segment E1 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -29.80 -111.73 2 580 1998 plume only
EPR, 3.9 N offset active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 3.92 -102.23 2 875 1989 or earlier Deep Tow photographs (cruise RIFTS or PAPATUA)
EPR, 30.1 S, Segment E1 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -30.13 -111.76 2 480 1998 plume only
EPR, 30.4 S, Segment E2 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -30.38 -111.76 2 320 1998 plume only
EPR, 30.8 S, Segment E2 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -30.75 -111.88 2 360 1998 plume only
EPR, 31.4 S, Segment E4 active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -31.43 -111.97 2 350 1998 plume only
EPR, 37 40'S Axial Dome active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge Pacific-Antarctic Ridge -37.67 -110.87 2 240 1997 video survey L'Atalante (do not know if activity confirmed); 1995 TV survey did not confirm activity; 2001 towed video and TV-grab definitely confirmed
EPR, 37 48'S Axial Dome active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge Pacific-Antarctic Ridge -37.80 -110.92 2 200 2001 towed video and TV-grab
EPR, 5 S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -5.00 -106.40 2 650 1980's camera tows; 1993 and 1998 plume only; 1998 submersible Alvin did not confirm activity
EPR, 7 25'S active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge S EPR -7.42 -107.80 2 750 1985/86 or 1989 TV grab (need to check references to confirm activity); 1998 submersible Alvin
EPR, 7 S active, inferred mid-ocean ridge S EPR -7.00 -107.55 2 600 1992 or earlier (need to check reference to confirm)
EPR, 8 38'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 8.63 -104.20 2 550 2003 submersible Alvin; 1989 dredge only; 2002 plume only
EPR, 8 53'N active, inferred mid-ocean ridge N EPR 8.90 -104.20 2 580 1991 plume only
EPR, 9 17'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.28 -104.22 2 585 1989 Argo I towed video
EPR, 9 30'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.52 -104.24 2 580 1989 Argo I towed video
EPR, 9 33'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.56 -104.25 2 574 1989 Argo I towed video; 1991 submersible Alvin
EPR, 9 40'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.65 -104.26 2 572 1989 Argo I towed video; 1991 submersible Alvin
EPR, 9 47'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.78 -104.28 2 560 1989 Argo I towed video; 1991 submersible Alvin
EPR, 9 50'N active, confirmed mid-ocean ridge N EPR 9.83 -104.29 2 520 1989 Argo I towed video
EPR, Manzanillo Spreading Segment active, inferred mid-ocean ridge N EPR 18.25 -106.30 2 600 1997 plume only
EPR, mid 17 N segment active, inferred mid-ocean ridge N EPR 17.00 -105.38 2 750 1997 plume only

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