Visions ’13 Update

VISIONS_'13_updateThe VISIONS ’13 expedition ended August 20th as the R/V Thompson tied up at its home dock at the University of Washington. During the expedition extension fiber optic cables were laid on the seafloor linking various scientific instruments to the primary nodes of the OOI Regional Cabled Observatory. The record of the events and accomplishments of the expedition are available at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu/story/VISIONS+13. (The picture above shows a 13-foot tall chimney located in the ASHES hydrothermal field of the Axial Seamount at a water depth of approximately 4,500 feet. Exotic tube worms, palm worms, limpets and fine-grained sulfid minerals cover the outside walls of the structure.)