Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano
actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor.
Jason, designed and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the National Deep Submergence Facility, utilized a prototype,
high-definition still and video camera to capture the powerful event nearly 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by
Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
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"Less than 24 hours after leaving port, we located the ongoing eruption and observed, for the first time, molten lava flowing across the
deep-ocean seafloor, glowing bubbles three feet across, and explosions of volcanic rock," reported Joe Resing, a chemical oceanographer at the
University of Washington and NOAA, and chief scientist on the NOAA- and National Science Foundation-funded expedition.
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Jason is a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system designed for scientific investigation of the deep ocean and seafloor. ROVs are unoccupied,
highly maneuverable and operated by a person aboard a surface vessel. They are linked to the ship by a tether, a group of cables that carry electrical
signals back and forth between the operator and the vehicle.
Built and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jason is equipped with sonar imaging as well as video, still, and electronic cameras
and appropriate lighting gear. It carries precision navigation equipment and sensors for depth, vehicle attitude (tilt), and altitude from the
seafloor. Jason's manipulator arms can collect samples that may be put in a small basket attached to the vehicle or, for heavier items, on an
attached "elevator" platform that carries them to the surface.
Full Credit to the NSF, WHOI and NOAA for the cool videos!
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