Volcano Watch: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist sets sail across the Atlantic

  • NOAA Ocean Exploration’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer will be used during Voyage to the Ridge 2022 to acquire high-definition visual data and collect limited samples in poorly explored areas along the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and Azores Plateau. Here, Deep Discoverer hovers above several large igneous boulders covered in bamboo corals during a dive on a seamount within the New England Seamount Chain. (NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones/New England and Corner Rise Seamounts)

June 8 was World Oceans Day, a day to appreciate the huge body of saltwater that covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our volcanic island is surrounded by oceans and one of the most distant places from continents on Earth. The ocean floor remains one of the most poorly understood places on our planet.