InterRidge Vents Database

The InterRidge Hydrothermal Vents Database current, live version 3.4 is available at:

The previous version 3.3 kml file for Google Earth is available here.

Remelting the Gondwanan Mantle

Remelting the Gondwanan Mantle

H.J.B. Dick1,2, H. Zhou1, C., J.J. Standish2, C. Gao2,1, and H. Marschall1

2015 CAR workshop(12-15 Oct.)

CAR workshop website is open.

Working Group Proposal

2013 update

the 2013 activities of the Oceanic Detachments InterRidge Working Group.

These are basically:

 (1) Convening a topical session at the  2013 AGU Fall Meeting;

2014 SCOR InterRidge Working Group Report

N. Le Bris 31/05/14

2011 WG proposal

The InterRidge Long-Range Exploration Working Group (LREWG) made enormous headway in scoping both the scientific drivers for and the technological requirements of long-range exploration of the spreading axes. The resulting report (see highlighted several regions of the world´s oceans which, for many ridge-related scientific disciplines, it would be important to explore thoroughly and on a large scale.

2012 Update

Deep-sea Mining
The pilot Solwara 1 project could start operations in 2012. The vent biology community is closely watching this world-first and worries about the consequences. Helen Rosenbaum wrote a very nice and comprehensive report on the subject, including economics and biology. This report can be downloaded from Another article more generally about mining the ocean floor in the Pacific can be aceessed at:

2012 Update

The Seafloor Mineralization Working Group was renewed for a second term at the last InterRidge Steering Committee meeting in San Francisco in December 2011. Interest in the mineralisation resources at midocean ridges has continued unabated with the price of metals such as copper, gold and silver near historic highs and nations beginning to look at options for exploration of seafloor areas for polymetallic sulfide resources in “the area” under the regulations of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).