Short report from the 1st workshop of the the Working Group on Seafloor Massive Sulfides Resource along MOR

From September 19th to 22nd, 2019, the 1st international workshop organized by the InterRidge Working Group on SMS resource along MOR was held at Hangzhou, China with a great success. More than 150 SMS related scientists and students from worldwide participated in this workshop and had in-depth discussion with focus on the theme of "hydrothermal ore-forming processes". During the three days, the participants exchanged ideas in various ways – primary/early career presentations, posters, plenary/break-out brainstorm and so on. One of the most important outputs for this workshop is that it summarized the known/unknown BIG questions existing in the SMS formation, distribution and preservation, and brainstormed the way forward to solve them which are concluded of great significance to guide the subsequent SMS exploration and so related scientific research along MOR. The detailed Workshop report is being finalized and will be released to public soon. Based on the success of this Workshop, the Working Group has agreed to hold the next Workshop in 2020 to further promote the progress of SMS resource related disciplines. This workshop was hosted by the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China and jointly sponsored by InterRidge, China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association (COMRA) and National Key R&D Project of Penetrating the hydrothermal circulation system along ultra-slow spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges. Co-Chair of InterRidge, Prof. Jerome Dyment, Director of SIO, Academician Jiabiao Li, and Director of COMRA, Mr. Feng Liu served as Honorary Chairs for this workshop.

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