Seamount Biogeosciences Network (SBN)
The goal of the Seamount Biogeosciences Network is to bring together all the diverse science disciplines involved in seamount research, to communicate about and discuss seamount science, and to explore innovative ways to network amongst the diverse communities working on seamounts.
 
SEAMOUNT CATALOG
Seamount Morphology, Maps and Data Files

The Seamount Catalog is a digital archive for bathymetric seamount maps that can be viewed and downloaded in various formats. This catalog contains morphological data, sample information, related grid and multibeam data files, as well as user-contributed files that all can be downloaded. Currently this catalog contains more than 1,800 seamounts from all the oceans.
ERDA
EarthRef Digital Archive

This online archive contains any type of digital data object associated with the Earth sciences. Data objects may be part of non-published Earth Sciences projects ranging from data tables to diagrams to reports to geological maps to videos. All registered EarthRef.org users may make contributions to the database.
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  • The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) joined the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) in order to help protect seamounts, cold-water corals and other vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems across the world's high seas. Together these two organizations are calling on the United Nations General Assembly to secure a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling and to institute sustainable conservation and management regimes to ensure the long-term protection of these fragile and unique pockets of life in the deep seas. Read more ...

  • Many seamounts within New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone have been stripped of living organisms above and below the seabed by bottom trawling, in particular from orange roughy and hoki fishing on the Chatham Rise. If not more destructive Seabed Mining is now targeting seamounts on the Kermadec Ridge. Surface mining of the deep seabed will be blind and damage caused by it will be indiscriminate, catastrophic and long-term. Read Further in an Article in TerraNature ...

  • Seamounts are a Discovery of a New Ocean World whereby Deepsea Biodiversity has become one of the most important environmental issues in the world today. Long neglected because it was remote, inaccessible and unknown, the deep ocean has become a new ecological frontier that is swiftly gaining attention. Article in TerraNature ...
  • The Rurutu Hotspot RR1310 Expedition plans to dredge 20 seamounts in the Tuvalu-Samoa area of the western Pacific. We aim to address the hypothesis stating that the Rurutu hotspot in French Polynesia formed a long-lived seamount trail that extends at least into the Tuvalu area and contains a pronounced bend synchronous with the Hawaii-Emperor bend. The goals of the project will be accomplished by utilizing geochemical fingerprinting combined with absolute age dating. Visit the Expedition Website ...

  • Follow the third and final G-439 Expedition that uses the extreme environments of volcanoes in the McMurdo area as a model system to shed light on these questions on microbial life and life in extreme environments. G-439 will work below the sea-ice, in frozen lakes in the Dry Valleys and fumarolic ice caves on the ice-covered 14,000 feet tall Mt. Erebus volcano, the southernmost active volcano on Planet Earth. Follow this website read about the G-439 project. Visit the Expedition Website ...

  • Expedition MV1203 aims to dredge 40 seamounts along the southwest portion of the Walvis Ridge seamount trail. The Walvis Ridge begins on the African continent and extends to near the mid-Atlantic Ridge. The southwest half of the Walvis Ridge appears to bifurcate into two distinct physical and geochemical trends, the Tristan (northern) and Gough (southern) tracks. The data we collect will assist in improving absolute plate motion models for the African continent, and knowledge of the geochemical evolution of plumes and the regional tectonic setting of the surrounding area. Visit the Expedition Website ...

  • IODP Expedition 330 to the Louisville Seamount Trail will drill four underwater volcanoes off the NE coast of New Zealand. One hypothesis states that these volcanoes formed above a narrow plume of hot mantle rising from a position deep in the Earth's mantle. For decades scientists assumed these mantle plumes remain anchored there for tens of millions years, but there is mounting evidence that mantle plumes wander in a large-scale mantle wind. This expedition aims to establish how much mantle plumes may have moved over the last 80 million years and whether the Louisville hotspot moved coherently with the Hawaii hotspot. Visit the Expedition Website ...

  • Registration is open for SEAMOUNTS '09 an international workshop for Interdisciplinary Seamount Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, organized by the Seamount Biogeoscience Network (SBN). This international workshop focuses on a wide range of biological, chemical and physical seamount science themes from their deep-earth origin to their oceanography, ecology and fisheries. This workshop will provide a representative overview over state-of-the art seamount science through keynotes and poster presentations. Register now ...

  • The EarthRef Digital Archive (ERDA) invites User Upload of digital files. We recommend that you use this digital archive to store any digital file that does not fit into the structure used by the MagIC Upload Wizard found on the upper left of this page. Typical ERDA file uploads may include field work pictures, animations, video excerpts, custom software, location maps, white reports, workshop volumes, field trip guides, etc. Uploaded files will be immediately available to all users of the EarthRef.org website. Start a new ERDA file upload ...

  • The basic design of the EarthRef.org website has been updated based on feedback from many of its users. Currently, we are about to finish the Second Phase of this Redesign Project, in which we have improved the functionality and information displayed on the home pages for EarthRef.org, GERM, MagIC and ERESE. Each of these web sites will function as the Web Portal for its corresponding database, while taking advantage of the infra-structure provided by the EarthRef.org umbrella web site and database. Please check back with us on a regular basis to see how the design evolves over the next few months. We would appreciate your comments or suggestions through the Feedback form.

  • A two week learning segment on Hotspot Volcanoes has been implemented through a collaborative effort between Melanie McWilliams, a high school Earth and Planetary Science teacher at Chula Vista High School in California, and Jamie A. Russell, a masters student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Utilizing data collected during Jamie's research, the students were taught about the hotspot theory and how hotspot volcanoes are important to understanding other Earth science concepts. The segment begins with five lessons, one for each day of the week and culminates with a group project for the students. Read more ...

  • The First SBN Workshop finished successfully with the presentation of 20 keynote presentations and more than 25 posters. All keynote presentations are now available as Microsoft Powerpoint presentations, Adobe Acrobat PDF's or QuickTime Movies from the ERDA digital archive. Poster presentations will become available from this online archive as well over the coming weeks. Download here ...

  • The First SBN Workshop will be held on March 24-25, 2006 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The goal of the Seamount Biogeosciences Network (SBN) is to bring together all the diverse science disciplines involved in seamount research, to communicate about and discuss seamount science and to explore innovative ways to network amongst the diverse communities that work on seamounts. This upcoming workshop will feature keynote and discussion sessions on important seamount science issues, the sharing of data across disciplines, and the potential of sharing shore-based and seagoing logistics. SBN is funded as Research Coordination Network (RCN) by the NSF-BIO and OCE directorates. Read more ...

  • The Southern Indian Ocean Deepwater Fishers' Association (SIODFA) announces the first Voluntary Closures to High-Seas Deepwater Trawling in eleven Indian Ocean areas. Combined these areas equal Australia's Great Barrier National Park. By not fishing in these areas, their deepwater corals and accompanying benthic fauna will gain protection in one of the least explored deepwater areas of the world. Read more ... or get some Background information ...