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2011 Update

This year again, the Vent Ecology WG has mainly been interacting at distance, through the internet as no major vent-biology meeting that would have allowed our gathering has taken place. Activities mainly focused on the establishment of a Sample Transfer Agreement form to facilitate sample use and exchange, as well as the developing interest of mining companies for hydrothermal polymetallic sulfide deposits.

Sharing of samples

One of the tenets of our working group was to encourage sample sharing, not only among researchers of hydrothermal vent biology, but also with other researchers. The acquisition of samples is costly (in terms of money, ship-time, personal time), and the sharing of the samples could both limit our impact on the vent communities, and increase citations for a given grant. Long-established collaborations rely on simple agreements. However, new collaborations may require more formal agreements.

2010 Workshop Report

The final report of the 2010 Workshop of the Long Range Exploration WG can be read here.

Two new reports available online

Two highly topical and relevant reports have recently been published:

The Dinard Report (Environmental Management of Deep-Sea Chemosynthetic Ecosystems: Justification of and Considerations for a Spatially-Based Approach)

"Illuminating Earth's Past, Present and Future" - IODP's science plan for the next decade of ocean drilling. 

Workshop: Ocean Mantle Dynamics: from Spreading Center to Subduction Zone

The above meeting will be held on 4-6 October 2011 at AORI, Tokyo, Japan, with an optional field trip on 2 October. Registration is now open and attendees are encouraged to post their interest as soon as possible. All details are available from the Japanese website.

In this meeting, there will be a focus on three objectives of crustal and mantle imaging, with an emphasis on mantle dynamics:

Workshop: "Ocean Mantle Dynamics: from Spreading Center to Subduction Zone"

Workshop Report - posted Nov 2011

Workshop abstracts

Background and Objectives

What have and can we derive from crustal and mantle imaging beneath the ocean together with laboratory and numerical studies?

Update 2010

Deep Earth Sampling Report for 2010
Chair – Benoit Ildefonse (CNRS, Univ. Montpellier 2, France)

2010 Update

WG 135 – Working Group Report 2010
1. First meeting objectives and participants
The first WG 135 Meeting took place in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA on 23-24 Nov. 2009. Logistical support was provided for this meeting from InterRidge, which arranged access to all meeting facilities at WHOI. The aim of this first meeting was to discuss the most relevant way to address the WG terms of reference and to clarify the expected outcomes of the WG, while discussing science plans and opportunities arising in partnership with various other initiatives.

2010 Update

Mantle Imaging WG

Chair – Nobukazu Seama (Kobe University, Japan)

In 2010, we convened a session at the EGU meeting, the title being: "Melt generation to crustal formation beneath mid-ocean ridges" and we had 12 abstracts.  However, we merged to make an oral session entitled: "Two-phase dynamics of mid-ocean ridges and other systems: theory and observation". Whilst there were not many abstracts, the session itself attracted a lot of interest.

2010 Update

Seafloor Mineralization Working Group Update 2010

Chair: Maurice Tivey