This is rewritten from one of my favorite contributions from The Other 95%. ————————— In November 2003, while an undergrad at University of California at Davis I was asked by my two of my Geology professors if I wanted to help them out on an expedition to hydrothermal vents at the East Pacific Rise. They . . . → Read More: A World Inside a Coconut
President Felipe Calderón announced the creation of three new marine protected areas including Mexico’s first deep sea marine protected area, the Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary, protecting 360,000 acres of deep-sea habitats.
[googlemap lat="-37.5" lng="-110.5" width="500px" height="300px" zoom="3" type="G_HYBRID_MAP"]Pacific-Antarctic Ridge[/googlemap] Vent crabs live in the dark depths of the ocean. Previous studies have shown that the vent crab Bythograea thermydron has a reproductive cycle synchronized with Spring and Summer phytoplankton blooms 2.5 km above the East Pacific Rise. It was hypothesized that female crabs moved away from . . . → Read More: Do Vent Crabs Do It Under the Gyre?
Perspective view of East Pacific Rise and the seismic velocity structure of the underlying mantle. Surprisingly, regions of magma storage in the mantle (shown as orange and red colors) are in many places not centered beneath the plate plate boundary. Courtesy Douglas Toomey [Note from Craig: I have asked Kevin Zelnio, a graduate student . . . → Read More: From The Desk of Zelnio: New Geophysical Study May Point The Direction To New Vent Discoveries