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Seamount Catalog
View and Download Maps from over more than 1,800 Undersea Mountains. Find Data Files to make your own Maps, or discover Data collected during Seagoing Expeditions studying the Geology and Biology of Seamounts.

Geochemical Reservoir Database
Findout about the Composition of the Earth and the Solar System. You can answer Questions about the Major and Trace Element Composition of the Earth's Mantle, Core and Crust. Or you can find out about the Isotope Composition of Rivers, Seawater or any Rock Type.

Search the Collection of Shipboard Data collected during more than 900 Scientific Expeditions of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

  • Follow the G-056 Expedition as we travel to McMurdo Station in Antarctica to go on daily excursions to collect samples from 132 ancient lava flows of the Mount Erebus volcanic province that recorded the magnetic field intensity during their cooling from about 1000 ¿C to near-freezing. The Erebus volcanic province was formed over the last 5 million years and determining the paleointensity over that time will help us understand the processes that cause the magnetic field to change. Visit the Expedition Website ...

  • The Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) continues its global seminar series in 2015. The seminar will be held on select Mondays each month at 8am Pacific Time. This early start in Pacific Time will allow those in Europe to join at a reasonable hour. In the seminar a presentation of a recent paper will be given using Adobe Connect. Ample time will be given to discussion during and after the presentation. Each seminar will have a presenter as coordinated by the MagIC team. Please visit the MagIC seminar website for the seminar schedule, recordings of past seminars, and other details.

  • The Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) is sponsoring a global seminar series starting October 15, 2013. This seminar will occur on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4pm PST (8am Beijing). This is a beta phase of the seminar series and when bugs are worked out we plan to add other dates for the convenience of our colleagues in other timezones. In the seminar a discussion of a recent paper will be held using Adobe Connect. Each seminar will have a discussion leader as coordinated by the MagIC team. Please visit the MagIC seminar website for the seminar schedule and other details.

  • 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 ...

  • Five GOLF-439 Scientists from Oregon, Maine and California (and their team mascot "da Microbe") are traveling to Antarctica to study the "Rock Bottom" of the food chain in the extreme environments of McMurdo Sound. They will be based at McMurdo station of the US Antarctic Program (USAP) on Ross Island from where they will embark on trips to remote locations and field camps in the Antarctic Dry Valleys, at Cape Evans, on Mount Erebus and in the Royal Society Range. Targets of their investigations will include moorings below the ice of Lake Fryxell (Taylor Valley), experiments below the sea-ice using SCUBA diving, hydrothermal vents and ice caves in the glaciers of Mt. Erebus, as well as seasonal creeks running through volcanic terrain that are fed by glacial melting in the short Antarctic summer. Visit Expedition Website ...

  • 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 ...

  • Three scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Hawaii are traveling to Antarctica to study the geological history of Earth's magnetic field. This scientific endeavor, project G-182 (spelled 'golf-1-8-2') of the US Antarctic Program will begin on November 16, 2006 with a flight from Christchurch/New Zealand to McMurdo in Antarctica. We will provide you with regular updates of the 2006/2007 expedition, but above all, you will be able to contact us and ask questions or get more information, because McMurdo station has high-speed internet access. So, we are looking forward to share our adventures with you or to chat to you over the internet! Expedition home page ...