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Axial Seamount Eruption Response

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Approximate GPS Coordinates: 45.95, -130.00

Exploration Dates: August 14 to 29, 2015

Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon, erupted starting in April of this year — and scientists are setting off to investigate! Join us online as a team from multiple organizations uses high-tech robots to explore an alien landscape where life can take on strange and wondrous forms. Daily blogs, photos and more will be posted on the Oceanscape Network during this expedition. For additional information, visit the cruise blog for this expedition by clicking here.

Daily Updates

August 14, 2015: Departure and Looking Ahead

August 15, 2015: Lauch of the SS Morning Star

August 15, 2015: Life At Sea

August 16, 2015: The 2015 Eruption

August 16, 2015: The AUV Sentry

August 17, 2015: CTD Tow-yo

August 18, 2015: First Jason Dive

August 18, 2015: Jason and Medea

August 19, 2015 The Weather

August 20, 2015: Myth Busting

August 21, 2015: Incubator Experiments

August 21, 2015: Second Jason Dive

August 22, 2015: Pressure Dive

August 25, 2015: Facilitating Science

August 26, 2015: Making Lava Maps

August 26, 2015: Dive 3 and 4 Highlights

August 28, 2015: Last Two Jason Dives

August 29, 2015: Cruise Success

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What is the Axial Seamount Eruption Response?

Axial Seamount is a large underwater volcano which erupted in April 2015. Now a science team has set sail to see how the eruption affected deep-sea ecosystems.

A Cooperative Program

The Axial Seamount Eruption Response is a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation in cooperation with Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oceanscape Network and others.