Virtual Vents: The Changing Face of Hydrothermalism Revealed

Cruise Log

Video: Wrapping up Virtual Vents ~ The Sampling

As the Virtual Vents research cruise comes to a successful close, researchers onboard R/V Falkor explain preliminary findings and go over fresh samples.

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Duties of a Principal investigator

By definition, every ship has a captain whose job is to decide, order and know. Every seagoing expedition requires another person who works closely along those lines,...

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East Meets West: The Cutting Edge of the Pacific Plate

  The island archipelago of Tonga sits at the junction of two major tectonic plates – the Indo-Australian plate in the west and the Pacific...

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Video: The Survey (Part1)

Experience how the teams onboard R/V Falkor work with the Remotely Operated Vehicle to make the goals of the mission come together, gathering beautiful imagery and ground-breaking...

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Underwater Interplay: Cameras and Fibers

  One of the primary focuses on this research cruise is to systematically photograph an area of approximately 25 football fields with a resolution that would...

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SOI/Alexander Duda

3D Seafloor Mapping with Structured Light

  One of the primary goals of this research cruise is to create high resolution 3D maps of vent groups found in Tongan waters. For...

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Biologist on Board, Vents Ahoy!

  Deep-sea hydrothermal vents harbour unique animals that rely on reduced chemicals emitted from the vents to survive. A mile below the surface of the...

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Björn Kurtenbach

It Takes a Village to Start a Research Cruise

  It Takes a Village to Start a Research Cruise (or “A Light-hearted look at the Voyage to the Vents”) Boarded the ship on Friday,...

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Fluid Tools

  On this cruise, my role is ‘fluids,’ which is a large category since we are in the middle of the ocean (Luckily I don’t...

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GP Orbassano

Tonga ‒ A Kingdom of Volcanoes

  Yesterday, Falkor crossed the frontier between Fiji and Tonga, en route to the Niua Volcanic Complex at the very northern tip of Tonga.  The...

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Video: Introduction to Virtual Vents

Join the science team aboard R/V Falkor with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) ROPOS as they explore the Niua, an underwater volcano, digitally recreating a black smoker...

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Björn Kurtenbach

Ready for Departure

After a seemingly endless time of planning, our Virtual Vents cruise is now under way. Falkor has left the port of Suva, steaming ahead northeast towards...

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