Brothers Volcano Expedition Updates

A Totally Different Landscape

By Dina Pandya | March 22, 2018

After several difficult days of rough seas, which prevented us from getting Jason back in the water, we have returned to the seafloor of Brothers volcano.

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Why I Care About Methane (And you should, too)

By Dina Pandya | March 21, 2018

Most life on Earth ultimately relies on energy that comes from the sun. Plants (and microbes) take that energy and use it to turn carbon dioxide into biomass.

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Video Update: Back at Sea

By kkostel | March 20, 2018

With a little over one week left in Expedition 16 to Brothers volcano, there is a lot of science to report. Catch up on developments since we’ve returned to sea.

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Good food makes a good mood

By Dina Pandya | March 20, 2018

It’s hard to overstate the importance of provisioning a ship at sea on a long voyage. Sailors over the centuries have endured hard work, raging storms, and tattered, lice-infested clothing, but few had patience for short rations or rotten food.

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Volcano Hunter

By Katherine Joyce | March 19, 2018

Each day I stand outside, look over the water and think to myself: Wow, I am so grateful to be part of this expedition—and isn’t it crazy to know that there is a big active volcano beneath my feet? Yes, it is. It is even more than that. It is so fascinating!

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Lost at sea?

By Katherine Joyce | March 18, 2018

A potentially serious setback is facing the Brothers volcano team with the disappearance of the elevator, a device that is used to transport equipment to the seafloor.

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Going with the Heat Flow

By Katherine Joyce | March 17, 2018

You wouldn’t think that a lot could be learned by sending a bunch of motorcycle inner tubes down to the seafloor, but you’d be wrong.

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Diving deep into the world of microbes

By Katherine Joyce | March 16, 2018

It’s the little things that count. Just ask Anna-Louise Reysenbach. Dr. Reysenbach is the Chief scientist of the Brothers volcano expedition, and her specialty is microbes, particularly the infinitesimally small creatures that occupy some of the most punishing environments on earth.

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Back At Sea!

By Katherine Joyce | March 15, 2018

After nearly five days in Auckland, the Brothers volcano team is finally back at sea. A powerful storm and power problems brought us into port, where we caught up on work and had a chance to see some of the city’s sights. Weather can always be an issue on these trips, and it felt like we’d lost a precious few days. But now it’s time to hunker down and get some science done.

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On our way back

By Katherine Joyce | March 14, 2018

We are on our way back to a location over Brothers volcano to resume our exploration of hydrothermal vents inside the caldera. While we head back to sea, get a look inside our home away from home during Dive & Discover Expedition 16: the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson.

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Brothers Volcano

March 7 - 26, 2018

Follow along with us as we explore this submarine volcano, 340 kilometers north east off the coast of New Zealand. We will explore the caldera walls, which host some amazing, newly discovered hydrothermal vents and learn what they have to tell us about the Earth deep beneath our feet.

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Hydrothermal Vents


Hydrothermal Vents

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Plate Tectonics


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What is Dive & Discover?

Dive and Discover is an interactive website designed to immerse you in the excitement of discovery and exploration of the deep seafloor. Dive and Discover brings you right on board a series of research cruises around the globe, and gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep submergence research as it happens!