expedition 15

Exploration and Research at
Deep-Sea Vents

Where are deep-sea vents?

More than 200 hydrothermal vent fields have been observed at depths greater than 200 meters (~650 feet). There may be a thousand more remaining to be discovered, mainly along Earth’s plate boundaries.

hydrothermal vents

What are hydrothermal vents?

Explore vent basics, vents around the world, vent chemistry, boiling points, videos, and test what you've learned with quizzes.

Science on a Sphere

What is Science on a Sphere?

SOS is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data. 

teacher workshops

Professional development for teachers

The first session will be offered in spring 2014. Let us know if you are interested in joining a workshop. Learn more »

The Global Viewport for Virtual Exploration of Deep-Sea Vents is a collaboration between the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the New Bedford Ocean Explorium, funded by NSF award #1202977.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution National Science Foundation